Have your say about WBOP’s future

Western Bay of Plenty District Mayor Garry Webber.

Do you want to have a say in the future of the Western Bay?

Western Bay of Plenty District Council is calling on residents to help shape the District's future – from the comfort of home, work, or wherever they want.

Council has recently launched Connect: People's Panel - an email based group where Western Bay residents can share their opinions on Council plans, policies, and activities.

The People's Panel is another online tool Council is using - along with the Have Your Say Western Bay portal for projects already out for consultation - to engage with members of the community, particularly those whose voices aren't often heard.

Panellists will be sent email communications and occasional surveys on issues and projects Council's working on. The feedback will be used as a sounding-board for the decision making that'll shape the District's future.

“At the moment we're crossing the District with our Long Term Plan (LTP) 2018 - 2028 community conversation events – but we're conscious that not everyone has the time to attend these in person,” says Mayor Garry Webber.

“The People's Panel is a way of allowing anyone with access to a computer or smartphone to have their say on projects and topics that'll shape the District - how and when it suits them.”

Taking part in surveys is optional, but when panellists do get involved Council will share the results online and keep participants in the loop about what's going on.

“That's why when talking about the Long Term Plan we're using the tag line ‘It's About You' - because it absolutely is,” says Mayor Garry.

“The work Council does is for the good of the community and we want to make it convenient and easy to engage with us and feel included in our shared direction.”

To join the People's Panel and have your say visit https://connect.westernbay.govt.nz/.


No matter what W.B.D.C. do,

Posted on 19-05-2017 11:46 | By R. Bell

short of a referendum on every issue people like phoenix will grizzle. They dislike all authority and presume their own intelligence superior to all. Thank god they don't stand for council very often, on the odd chance they do, they are soon found out. Good on W.B.D.C. for taking this bold step, now people have no excuse for not engaging. Robin Bell.


Posted on 19-05-2017 08:57 | By Papamoaner

My last post on this;- Try to distinguish insult from straight talk and refusal to suffer fools gladly. It comes from impatience with hollow twerps who refuse to discuss the core topic in any detail, and continually sidestep incriminating questions. Some might say your accusations against local body people trying to do a good job, are insulting too. It would be patently clear to any impartial observer where frank honesty and dishonesty lies within this debate. You are completely out of your depth. Hence my last post. Waste of time continuing old chap.


Posted on 18-05-2017 18:21 | By phoenix

You know you have won a debate when the other party reverts to pathetic insults.


Posted on 18-05-2017 16:18 | By Papamoaner

Your first question, as I already said, cannot be answered because you failed to provide proof by example. Now you have produced 9 more bags of steaming bullshit, also with no proof by example. You are sidestepping the issue. Clearly further proof of "feet of clay" an ancient expression that fairly accurately describes people like you who blow hot air through keyholes, but lack the courage to open the door. Get down there and front up like a man if you have issues with local authorities, instead of muck-raking on here where you don't have to face up to anybody.


Posted on 18-05-2017 13:09 | By phoenix

actually I have been involved in nine separate submissions to councils 10year plans.and you still have not answered my first question. Your turn papamoaner.


Posted on 18-05-2017 09:30 | By Papamoaner

BINGO! "Feet of clay" He avoids the question. Speaks volumes! Sorry guys, but Phoenix won't be turning up!


Posted on 17-05-2017 19:03 | By phoenix

How many papamoaners does it take to change a lightbulb?

Gas powered

Posted on 17-05-2017 17:46 | By Papamoaner

I should perhaps be more specific - by "gas powered" I meant flatulence. Just get down there and make a submission and have a cuppa and stop making excuses for not going.


Posted on 17-05-2017 17:42 | By Papamoaner

Those claims need to be referenced for validation before we can start debating them. Usually, they just turn out to be mere perceptions. Do you have any specific projects up for discussion that you can prove are already "signed off" other than automatic gas powered hot air generators?

council consultation?

Posted on 16-05-2017 12:39 | By phoenix

ok papamoaner,What do you call council consultation, when projects to be consulted on have already been decided,and signed off,done and dusted?. I call it a Claytons consultation.

Uphill battle folks

Posted on 15-05-2017 21:05 | By Papamoaner

Good opportunity for the anti-everything brigade to tell you they don't want museums or libraries, or anything else that pulses. But will they turn up? I doubt it. They prefer to whinge on these forums where they don't have to face anyone or suffer eye contact with anyone. Cowards when the chips are down.

team beretta

Posted on 15-05-2017 17:58 | By team beretta

This would have to the joke of the century with the way the council has ignored the residents of TePuke over the disaster that is the main street

Leave a Comment

You must be logged in to make a comment. Login Now
Opinion Poll

Should assisted-suicide be allowed in cases where people are terminally ill?


Bay Today

Walk around the Mount. Photos: Denis Player.

Send us your photos from around the Bay of Plenty. kendra@thesun.co.nz