The Placemaking Programme & The Hikurangi Plan
Whangarei District Council is currently working on our Placemaking Programme and beginning to develop The Hikurangi Plan. This plan will respond to the growth and changes in our District and the key challenges and opportunities that come with it.
The Hikurangi Plan will be an integrated plan which will develop a 20-30 shared vision for how Hikurangi will change and grow. The plan will respond to:
· Population growth
· Best practice urban design
· Spatial characteristics
· Infrastructure capacity
· Community and Mana Whenua Values
Once completed, each place-based plan will identify actions which will feed into the district plan review process, the capital works programme, and align their actions with the Long-Term Plan and annual plan funding.
We are currently working on our initial analysis of the area with our internal team but would like to speak to those in the community to understand what you value, and where you want to see change.
Whangarei District Council is facing a time where we have to limit face to face meetings and interactions with our communities. However, this is often the most beneficial and rewarding approach to engagement for both parties. This is because face to face communication allows for back and forth negotiation between people and more interactive and emotive approaches to discussions and education that online and verbal platforms do not always offer. However, this is also a type of engagement that appeals to certain people within our communities. With the recent COVID-19 lockdown we look to what other tools we can use to continue to speak and engage with our community while maintaining social distance. This is an opportunity to be creative with our engagement approaches and reach other audiences who may not normally engage with us.
We hope to be communicating with you soon so please look out for more information and engage with us where you can. We would also like to hear from you about how we can best engage with you at this time where social distancing is so important.
If you have any suggestions, please get in touch with us at email@example.com (reference Placemaking Programme – Hikurangi Plan).
UPDATE: 20 JULY 2020
Alex Smits has set up a steering group to liase with council on behalf of the Hikurangi district regarding the Council Placemaking Plan. Specific Community groups have been contacted and asked to participate, but the meeting is also pen to residents. If you are interested in attending please contact firstname.lastname@example.org. Meeting to be held Monday 3rd August 2020 7pm @ Lighthouse Playgroup (20 George Street, Hikurangi).
UPDATE: 24 AUGUST 2020
The first steering group meeting was held and it was agreed for the meetings to continue on a monthly basis with the council representatives also in attendance. For minutes of the last meeting please CLICK HERE. Next meeting: Monday 7th September 2020 7pm @Lighthouse Playgroup (20 George Street, Hikurangi).
UPDATE: 11 SEPTEMBER 2020
The second steering group meeting was held and the council presented the feedback from the survey along with the areas for discussion for the near future. The council plans to host community meetings starting in October. For minutes of the last meeting please CLICK HERE. To view a copy of the survey feedback please CLICK HERE. Next meeting: Monday 5th October 2020 7pm @Lighthouse Playgroup (20 George Street, Hikurangi). These meetings are open to the public, ALL WELCOME!