Consultation and the Local Government Act 2002 (LGA 2002)
- Assess the problem or issue to be addressed, the options for addressing it, and the costs, benefits, and impacts of those options.
- Consider the views of the community at all stages of the decision-making, particularly including persons likely to be affected by or interested in the matter, and the views of Maori (especially where land or water is affected).
- Consult prior to making any decision or pre-determination on an option.
- Make decisions in the interests of the community's social, economic, environmental, and cultural well-being, now and in the future.
- Provide reasons for decisions made, and identify and explain any inconsistency with other Council plans or policies.
- written and oral submissions to proposed Council plans, policies and bylaws
- written surveys
- telephone surveys
- face to face interviews
- public meetings
- focus groups, working panels or task groups
- multi-stakeholder processes such as participatory appraisal
- interactive websites.
Special Consultative Procedure
Step 1: Prepare a statement of proposal and a summary
Step 2: Public notice
Step 3: Receive submissions
Step 4: Deliberate in public
Step 5: Follow up
By law, Council must follow the special consultative procedure before it:
- adopts a Long-Term Council Community Plan or Annual Plan
- amend a Long-Term Council Community Plan
- adopts, revokes, reviews or amends a bylaw
- changes the way it delivers a significant activity (for example, from Council to a Council-controlled organisation or from a Council-controlled organisation to a private sector organisation) if that is not provided for in the Long-Term Council Community Plan.