Let's Talk About the Next 10 Years

Waimakariri District Council has finalised the draft 10 year budget – or draft Long Term Plan – which goes out for public engagement in March (from 5 March to 12 April).

The Long Term Plan (LTP) is Council’s key strategic document and sets out projects and priorities, as well as how much it will cost and how it will be funded.

Over the next 10 years the Council is focused on making sure we keep up with growth, Covid-19 economic recovery, climate change/sustainability, and the impact of the Three Waters Review.

Specifically the Council are asking for feedback on:

  • New community facilities for Pegasus and north Woodend (Ravenswood)
  • Upgrades to the Rangiora Library and wider civic area
  • Parking in Rangiora – including a car park building.

“The big challenge facing Waimakariri is balancing a growing population – we expect to have around 78,000 residents in ten years’ time and possibly up to 100,000 by 2050 – while making sure we have a healthy environment, resilient infrastructure, and remain an attractive place for business and new residents,” says Mayor Dan Gordon.

“We’re also conscious that this LTP takes place following Covid-19 lockdowns, at a time of economic uncertainty, and with possible changes to how services like reticulated wastewater and drinking water are managed.

“For these reasons we’ve had to carefully balance what the community can afford and the impacts on households, without unduly delaying building core community facilities which encourage and foster business and growth.”

The proposed rates increase if the draft LTP is supported is 3.95 percent in the first year before moving to 4.2 percent for the following years.

“People are at the centre of everything we do as a Council which is why we want to hear your thoughts and aspirations for the District.”

The Council are holding a number of drop-in events for residents to ask questions directly of Councillors and staff:

  • Rangiora – Outside Council Service Centre (215 High St)
    Friday 5 March

    12 – 2pm
  • Pegasus Community Centre
    Wednesday 10 March

    10 am – 12pm
  • Kaiapoi New World
    Thursday 11 March

    3 – 5pm
  • Ohoka Farmers Market
    Friday 12 March  

    9 – 11am
  • Woodend Community Centre
    Wednesday 17 March

    7 –8.30pm
  • Rangiora New World
    Friday 19 March  

    3 – 5pm
  • Oxford Fresh Choice 
    Saturday 20 March

    9am - 12pm
  • Kaiapoi – Outside Ruataniwha (176 Williams Street, Kaiapoi)
    Friday 26 March

    2 – 5pm
  • Oxford A&P Show
    Saturday 3 April

    9am onwards
  • Ohoka Farmers Market
    Friday 9 April  
    9am – 12pm

Feedback is available by either posting in a submission form or by visiting waimakariri.govt.nz/letstalk during the engagement period of 5 March and 12 April.