Co-creating a city to fall in love with – a conversation with Rosie Dawson-Hewes about locals getting vocal – all the ways you can have your say, submitting on the long term plan, voting in the Tauranga by-election and more

We make a mockery of democracy unless we actively participate with it.

Hey Tauranga, let’s co-create a city to fall in love with.

Have your say on what matters to you in This Place We Call Home.

The more WE engage with the council (and indeed the world around us) the more our community will see we CAN make a difference. Our action is the evidence that everyone’s vote, or voice counts. I think of Russell Brand, and all the people who have gone before us who have campaigned for change. Revolutions don’t have to be bloody, or big, but they do involve people, courage (heart) and continued vision.


What follows is a post featuring a no-budget short-ish (actually who are we kidding) fleshy-convo between Rosie and Emily. Kia ora to Krista, from Paper Plane for lending us her ‘couch’.

What follows that, is a quick fire list of ways in which you can be heard by council, incase you don’t have a spare 43 minutes 12 seconds up your sleeve to watch one shot of two juicy women, with tips, trips and tribulations.


D E E P  C O N V E R S A T I O N  L I K E  W O M E N  K N O W  H O W  T O  D O


V O T E

  1. You’re not enrolled? That’s okay you can make a SPECIAL vote up until Monday 1 May at 12pm by visiting 91 Willow street ‘Customer Service Centre’ at Tauranga City Council. Don’t have ID? That’s okay you’ll be signing a statutory declaration. Once you’ve done your special vote you’ll need to enrol either online or by visiting the Post Shop immediately. If you forget to enrol your special vote with be null and void.
  2. You know you’re enrolled? Expect voting papers in your mailbox between 10-14 April 2018.
  3. Visit Tauranga City Council for information on the candidates https://www.tauranga.govt.nz/council/about-your-council/elections/by-election-2018
  4. Post your vote as soon as you like BUT by Thursday 26 April (to allow time for postage). Voting closes 12pm Monday 1 May 2018.
  5. You forgot to post your vote? That’s okay, hand deliver your voting papers in to 91 Willow street ‘Customer Service Centre’ at Tauranga City Council before 12pm Monday 1 May 2018.
  6. You’ve lost your voting papers? That’s okay you can make a SPECIAL vote up until Monday 1 May at 12pm by visiting 91 Willow street ‘Customer Service Centre’ at Tauranga City Council. Don’t have ID? That’s okay you’ll be signing a statutory declaration.
  7. Your voting papers never arrived? That’s okay you can make a SPECIAL vote up until Monday 1 May at 12pm by visiting 91 Willow street ‘Customer Service Centre’ at Tauranga City Council. Don’t have ID? That’s okay you’ll be signing a statutory declaration.

S U B M I T  – L O N G T E R M  P L A N

Before 16 April submit to Council on their Long Term Plan = 12 Questions Online its https://www.tauranga.govt.nz/council/council-documents/long-term-plans/long-term-plan-2018-2028/long-term-plan-submission-form

and/or

Fill in the 5 question facebook surveys generated by ‘Greater Tauranga’ a group committed to taking Tauranga into the future.
https://www.facebook.com/GreaterTauranga/?hc_ref=ARSu-n1YBC6zZCRdb46NaQjzU10g-xer2AL2ehTaNEUVi9Pz4iFXNYOgzfzVUuY40Tg&fref=nf


C O N T A C T  C O U N C I L

  1. Councillors’ contact details (mobile, landline and email) are on the Tauranga City Council website here.
  2. Lobby or Contact Council. Start with your local wards (get them engaged first) and then lobby/campaign/connect with your Councillors in the ‘at large’ seats. Then you have 6 people (hopefully, maybe, possibly on your side). There are 10 Councillors and 1 Mayor = 11 seats in total. 6 people in favour =  a majority.
  3. Comment on your personal facebook when you see surveys.
  4. Comment on Tauranga City Council facebook communicating what matters to you, or by posing a question.
  5. When the council (and anyone for that matter) gets your feedback, it means they have all the information at hand. It’s democracy at its best when government is able to collect your in-favour, or against, or concerns, or celebrations so they can make an informed, comprehensive choice.

M E E T I N G S

Everyone is welcome to attend Council and committee meetings. Here’s where you can find the dates and agendas for upcoming meetings, and the archive shows agendas and minutes for past meetings.

Meetings are held in the Council Chambers located at 91 Willow Street, Tauranga, unless specifically listed as another location. Access is via the Tauranga Library Arcade. You can speak to Council during the public forum section of a council or committee meeting – please contact our governance team on 07 577 7000 to arrange this.

Meeting agendas will be available two working days before the meeting date. Workshops don’t always have agendas, but the topics being discussed will be listed. Meeting minutes and audio files will be uploaded after the meeting date.

Some workshops or meetings may be held in confidential, meaning the public and the media cannot attend. In this case this is specified in the title of the meeting, and the reason for confidentiality is stated in the meeting information.


I N V I T A T I O N  T O  G E T   L O C A L S  V O C A L

The more we participate in the world around us and believe that what matters to us matters to others, the more empathetic, authentic and dynamic our communities will be.

Written by Emily with wild & grace, committed to co-creating a city to fall in love with

 

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