Significance and Engagement Policy 2020

We'd like to hear your thoughts on proposed amendments to the Significance and Engagement Policy

We are proposing to update the current Significance and Engagement Policy to reflect changes in legislation and partnership arrangements with Council.


The current Significance and Engagement Policy was last updated after public consultation at the end of 2017. Since then, there has been the Local Government (Community Well-being) Amendment Act 2019 and we also wanted the policy to reflect Councils partnership with Ngāti Toa.

The Proposal

The proposal is to update the policy to reflect the following:

  • to integrate requirements from amendments to the Local Government (Community Well-being) Amendment Act 2019 to include the four wellbeing’s the definition of “significance,” Schedule 1 and Schedule 4 under the Community Interest Significance Criteria

  •  that Council will consider any COVID-19 related legislation, should Parliament pass further measures that change the Special Consultative Procedure

  • to acknowledge our partnership with Ngāti Toa when we consider Maori Interests in Schedule 4.

  • to better reflect the requirements of the Local Government Act 2002 when making decisions (e.g. taking into account those affected by or having an interest in the decision or matter)

  • to update the net cost criteria thresholds in Schedule 4 to reflect changing asset values.

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Write to us

  • You can find copies of this proposal at all Porirua City libraries, at our Customer Services Centre at 16 Cobham Court, Porirua 5022, and also on the public consultation page of our website.

    You can have your say in a number of ways:

    • Download a submission form here.

    • Email your submission to:, with “Submissions on the draft Significance and Engagement Policy” in the subject line

    • Hand in your submission to our Customer Services Centre at 16 Cobham Court

    • Post your submission to:
      Strategy and Policy
      Porirua City Council
      PO Box 50218
      Porirua City 5240

Give us a call

  • If you don’t have access to a computer, please call our contact centre on 04 237 5089 to request that a hardcopy be posted out to you

Submissions close on Sunday 1 November 2020.

The hearing will be held on Thursday 19 November 2020.

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Want to know more

If you have any questions, or would like a little more information, please email or call our contact centre on 04 237 5089.

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