Long Term Plan 2018-2028

Final Long Term Plan 2018-2028

Northland Regional Council’s Long Term Plan 2018-2028 was adopted at a council meeting on 21 June 2018.  This plan sets council’s strategic direction, programmes of work, and funding for the next ten years and beyond, and comes in to effect on 1 July 2018. 

The plan includes significant new funding to do more to clean up waters, to manage pests, to provide better flood infrastructure for vulnerable communities, and steps up work in a number of other areas of council activity.    

Council made decisions on the contents of the plan, in consideration of public feedback received, at a deliberations meeting that was held on 16 May.    The decisions made at this meeting shaped the final plan that was adopted by council.  Council was very appreciative of the level of community interest in the Long Term Plan, and extends their thanks to those who took the time to get involved.

A summary of all the decisions, including funding amounts, is set out in the Long Term Plan | Te Mahere Roa 2018-2028 Summary of decisions document, below.


Charging Policy 2018/19

On 21 June 2018, Council adopted its Charging Policy which sets out user charges for the 2018/19 year. This policy comes in to effect on 1 July, and remains effective until superseded.

Charging Policy 2018/19 (PDF, 755KB)

Feedback received

Summary of submissions

Part One:

  • Changing the Structure of Rates
  • Fresh and Coastal Water
  • Pest Management
  • Flood Infrastructure Rate
  • Proposed new flood works – Awanui/Kaitāia
  • Proposed new flood works – Kāeo-whangaroa
  • Proposed new flood works – Whangārei urban
  • Proposed new flood works – Taumārere-kawakawa
  • Proposed new flood works – Panguru
  • Proposed ongoing flood works – Kerikeri-Waipapa

Download Summary of Submissions - Part One (PDF, 1.4MB)

Part Two:

  • Other new areas of spend:
    - Working with Māori/connecting with communities
    - Economic development /regional planning
    - Customer services/ governance and elections
    - Maritime and transport
    - Corporate excellence
  • Joining the LGFA
  • Funding for emergency Services
  • Continue the regional Infrastructure rate
    [Note – Funding for regional sporting facilities is covered in Part Three]
  • Change to transport rates
  • Stop funding for Creative Northland
  • Rating policy
  • Revenue and Financing policy
  • Significance and Engagement policy
  • Charging policy
  • Other matters
  • Rates Increase

Download Summary of Submissions - Part Two (PDF, 1.6MB)

Part Three:

  • Funding for regional sporting facilities

Download Summary of Submissions - Part Three (PDF, 1.1MB)

'Have Your Say' event feedback

As part of the consultation process for our Long Term Plan, we held seven 'Have Your Say' events around the region in late March. This was an opportunity for people to ask questions and give feedback directly to councillors (as we aren't holding formal hearings).

We recorded feedback at each of the events, and here's what people told us:

Long Term Plan 2018 Consultation Document cover.

Consultation document

If you'd like to see what we consulted on, you can still download our Consultation Document below:

Read the Consultation Document (PDF, 1.6MB)

For those interested in more detail, check out ‘Supporting information and other useful documents’ below.



Supporting information and other useful documents

Where to from here?

Once the feedback period for the Long Term Plan has closed, all the feedback – both written feedback and face-to-face feedback from the 'Have Your Say' events – will be collated and provided to council.

During May, the full council will review and discuss the feedback and make decisions for the final Long Term Plan. The final Long Term Plan 2018-2028 will be formally adopted by council in June 2018.

Long Term Plan timeline.

Read the early feedback

From mid-August to early September 2017 we asked people to tell us what their priorities are for Northland's environment, economy and communities for the next ten years.

The feedback has been collated for council to consider as part of its detailed discussions about the Long Term Plan. Read the feedback report (PDF, 170KB).

Find out more about what we do

From harbour buoys and beacons to public transport, you might be surprised at the wide range of things we do as a regional council.

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