What's our Future Horowhenua?

Pre-engagement feedback closes on 27 October 2017.

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Have your say on how you see the future of our towns, villages and rural communities.

Your feedback will be used to help create the 2018-2038 Long Term Plan which will be consulted on next year.

HDC Chief Executive David Clapperton says we can expect similar growth to that experienced by Kāpiti. So, as a community, we need to think about our towns, villages, our facilities and infrastructure.

“As part of this process we will be canvassing a new vision for our District – it is a conversation starter for the community, and highlights what is important to us and what we need to focus on in the future,” says Mr Clapperton.

Mayor Michael Feyen says the fresh approach will allow residents alongside community groups and Iwi to provide input into the Long Term Plan Consultation document as it is created.

“Before the plan can be written, we first need to find out from everyone what is important to them, what should be included in the plan, and if our vision is right or needs altering,” says Mayor Feyen.

Kanohi ki te kanohi / face to face

Come along, have a kai and have your say at one of our 'What's our Future Pop-ups'. Details for each session are available in the Timeline. 

“BBQs are a Kiwi tradition – it’s when friends and families meet up and discuss things, where great ideas are voiced and opinions formed. I hope we’ll reach more people so that we can include their aspirations and concerns in our plans,” says Mayor Michael Feyen.

What will happen to your feedback

The feedback received during pre-engagement will be compiled along the following themes:

  • An exuberant economy
  • Stunning environment
  • Thriving communities
  • Vibrant cultures
  • Enabling infrastructure
  • Positive relations with Tangata Whenua.

All feedback will be compiled and considered by Council Officers who will pull together the 2018-2038 Long Term Plan. Next year, in February, we’ll have a more formal submission process - this will be your time to consider the options and tell us if we got it right, or if further changes are needed. It is during this formal process when hearings are held - your chance to speak to all elected members, and we (Council) comes back to you on your submission with a response.


We created a series of postcards that were sent out to every household in the District in the Horowhenua Chronicle on Friday 22 September. There are four postcards, so it’s a great opportunity to involve the whānau in the conversation. They’re prepaid so just pop them in the post or bring them along to one of our Pop-up sessions.

Social media

By using the hashtag #whatsourfuturehorowhenua we can keep an eye on your comments and incorporate them into our considerations.


Email us to have your say at whatsourfuture@horowhenua.govt.nz

Organisations are welcome to be involved

We are meeting with about 20 community groups to talk with them about how they see our future. If we haven’t been in touch with your group and you want to find out more, please email whatsourfuture@horowhenua.govt.nz and we’ll be in touch - thank you!