Aotea / Great Barrier Local Board I Te Poari ā-Rohe o Aotea

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This consultation closed on 13 August 2020. Thank you for having your say.

The team is currently analysing all the feedback received which will help inform the final Aotea/Great Barrier Local Board Plan. This plan will be made publicly available in November 2020.

If you have any further questions/comments at this time please email us at: greatbarrierlocalboard@aucklandcouncil.govt.nz

Love local, get vocal and help shape your Local Board Plan 2020

The Aotea / Great Barrier Local Board has listened to the community and come up with a three-year plan outlining the key initiatives we want to focus on to help our communities thrive and support the recovery from the impacts of COVID-19.

The draft plan sets an agenda that puts the resiliency of Aotea at the heart of all the board does.

From the chair

During the COVID-19 lockdown, our island’s strengths were highlighted: our ability to respond quickly and collaborate; the resilience of our core agencies and our strong mainland connections.

But our weaknesses were also exposed: our freight vulnerabilities, lack of connectivity, exposed marine border and heavy reliance on the tourism economy.

We’ve drafted our local board plan specifically to meet the challenges of the coming years, post-pandemic. We’ve stripped the draft plan right back to one focused outcome of island resilience.

Now we need to hear from the residents of Aotea to make sure we’ve got it right. So please make sure you have your say.

Your ideas are important to us and we want to ensure that everyone has the opportunity to give feedback. If you don’t feel comfortable using this software, you can:

  1. email us at localboardplans@aucklandcouncil.govt.nz
  2. pick up a paper form at the local board office or library
  3. attend an event
  4. make a comment on our Facebook page using the #lovelocal



This consultation closed on 13 August 2020. Thank you for having your say.

The team is currently analysing all the feedback received which will help inform the final Aotea/Great Barrier Local Board Plan. This plan will be made publicly available in November 2020.

If you have any further questions/comments at this time please email us at: greatbarrierlocalboard@aucklandcouncil.govt.nz

Love local, get vocal and help shape your Local Board Plan 2020

The Aotea / Great Barrier Local Board has listened to the community and come up with a three-year plan outlining the key initiatives we want to focus on to help our communities thrive and support the recovery from the impacts of COVID-19.

The draft plan sets an agenda that puts the resiliency of Aotea at the heart of all the board does.

From the chair

During the COVID-19 lockdown, our island’s strengths were highlighted: our ability to respond quickly and collaborate; the resilience of our core agencies and our strong mainland connections.

But our weaknesses were also exposed: our freight vulnerabilities, lack of connectivity, exposed marine border and heavy reliance on the tourism economy.

We’ve drafted our local board plan specifically to meet the challenges of the coming years, post-pandemic. We’ve stripped the draft plan right back to one focused outcome of island resilience.

Now we need to hear from the residents of Aotea to make sure we’ve got it right. So please make sure you have your say.

Your ideas are important to us and we want to ensure that everyone has the opportunity to give feedback. If you don’t feel comfortable using this software, you can:

  1. email us at localboardplans@aucklandcouncil.govt.nz
  2. pick up a paper form at the local board office or library
  3. attend an event
  4. make a comment on our Facebook page using the #lovelocal


Consultation has concluded
  • Phase one - Aotea/Great Barrier plan update

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    25 May 2020
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    Thank you to everyone for sharing your thoughts during February and March when we were seeking ideas for our Local Board Plan and Area Plan. We are very grateful for all the feedback received.

    Who we spoke to

    February seems like a lifetime ago now. We held public consultation events like sausage sizzles at local parks, hui at the marae, and meetings with community groups. We had one-on-one conversations with you on the side of the road, at the pub and at the shop. Feels unbelievable now.

    It turned out our last event was the Okiwi sausage sizzle on 14 March. We had planned events right through to the end of March but due to COVID-19 we had to cancel stakeholder meetings in the city, hui with Ngāti Rehua Ngātiwai ki Aotea, and a sausage sizzle at Mulberry Grove.

    We assumed with the pandemic that the community would have other things to focus on but right up to March 31 (and after) we had emails coming in with your feedback.

    In total we received 38 written feedback forms and emails. We held five events where 87 people attended. We held three stakeholder meetings which 17 community groups attended (that’s 39 individuals). Plus we had a Barrier Chitchat conversation where 44 people left comments.

    What we heard

    All feedback was recorded and themed to help us draft our local board plan. The top themes from your feedback were biosecurity, local economy (local food, freight, small business), marine protection/biosecurity, roading, waste, tourism, water and housing.

    COVID-19 has made a dramatic shift to our immediate lifestyles and the economic recovery may take some time. Accordingly, we have dramatically restructured our Local Board Plan.

    Instead of having several key outcomes, we have focused on one outcome - which is self-resilience for our island and people over the next three years. By this we mean resilience for the local economy, local environment and local community. We have tried to achieve this without losing sight of your feedback and top themes listed above.

    Next steps

    The draft version of our local board plan is going out for formal consultation between 13 July and 13 August. Consultation may look a little different depending on what alert level we are in. However, we will use all the channels of online, print, and radio and be in touch with the details closer to the time.

    Just quickly, we would like to thank the Barrier Bulletin, Aotea FM, Aotea TV and Barrier Chitchat for assisting us to get the word about our consultation out; Claris Store for stocking us for the sausage sizzles; and Stonewall Store for letting us sit outside on a Saturday morning.

    Lastly, thanks to everyone who took the time meet with us and send in your feedback. I believe we have a good plan for the challenging times ahead and look forward to hearing your feedback in July.

    Stay safe – kia kaha

    Izzy, Luke, Sue, Valmaine, Patrick
    Aotea / Great Barrier Local Board