Horowhenua 2040

H2040 Conversation - Its your neighbourhood - create it.

Me Kōrero Tātou Mō Ō Tātou Takiwā Noho - Let’s Talk About Our Neighbourhoods

He Aha Rā Te Kaupapa? What’s This All About?

Horowhenua is growing fast. By 2040, an additional 10,000 people will have joined our neighbourhoods.

Council wants to know what’s special about your neighbourhood and your vision for its future.

Over the past year, Council has engaged with our community to help develop our Long Term Plan (LTP), the Transforming Taitoko/Levin Town Centre Strategy and the Horowhenua Growth Strategy 2040. Nearly 1000 people have taken part so far – it’s exciting to see the commitment and energy building.

During our conversations you told us what you thought of our plans, helped us make some big decisions, and as a result, a number of changes were made to the LTP before it was adopted by Council – now that is in place Council’s work priorities are clear and we’re getting on with the mahi.

One of the questions we asked you about was what you love about the Horowhenua. The common answers were - The People, The Place and My Community – we’ve taken inspiration from these to underpin the new vision for our district.

Te Pae Tawhiti - Our Vision

Our vision for the district is:

He rau ringa e pakari ai ngā taura whiri i ō tātou kāinga noho me ō tātou hapori – mai i te pae maunga o Tararua ki te moana - With many hands the threads which weave our neighbourhoods and communities together will be strengthened from the Tararua Ranges to the sea.

Having a vision is vital. It gives us something to work towards and keeps us focussed on what is most important.

The vision will guide Council planning, advocacy and decision-making, and it will help to inform broader partnerships and how Council addresses key community concerns.

Now let’s talk about your neighbourhood. 

Me Mahi Ngātahi - Working Together

Growing neighbourhoods and building stronger communities only works when we all pitch in – Kōrero mai, we need to hear from you!

Tahi: What do you love about your neighbourhood and what makes it so special?

Rua: What do you think will make your neighbourhood a great place to live in the future?

Toru: Share your ideas – what would be a great neighbourhood or community initiative/project?

Your thoughts and comments will inform the Horowhenua 2040 action plan.

H2040 Website footer graphic.

Anyone can provide feedback on this by either filling out our online form or by filling out the downloadable print form (which can also be picked up from and delivered to our service centres).

Submit your feedback online for the Horowhenua 2040 community conversation and strategy development.

Feedback Form - (Print Version)(PDF, 2MB)

Hard copy feedback can be:

  • delivered to: Horowhenua District Council (126 Oxford Street, Levin),
    Te Takeretanga o Kura-hau-pō (Bath Street, Levin)
    Te Awahou Nieuwe Stroom (Harbour Street, Foxton)
  • posted to: Horowhenua District Council, Private Bag 4002, Levin 5540
  • emailed to: H2040@horowhenua.govt.nz

We know many of you want to keep the conversation going.  If you would like to lead a conversation in your neighbourhood, or if you have a neighbourly gathering coming up then let us know – you might like one of our community kōrero starter packs.

Your korero will only be used for the purposes of the Horowhenua 2040 community conversation and strategy development. The information will be held by Horowhenua District Council, 126 Oxford Street, Levin.

We want to hear from everyone – especially our tamariki / children and rangatahi / young people because they’ll be the ones to hold our community together in 2040.

Younger children can share their views by drawing “My Dream Neighbourhood”. You can either ask your children to complete their drawing and upload it, drop it off to us, or take a photo and send it in.

Submit your feedback online for the Horowhenua 2040 community conversation and strategy development.

My Dream Neighbourhood Feedback Form - (Print Version)(PDF, 2MB)

We have been asked a few times now, and the answer is:

‘If you don’t know where you’re going, you’ll probably end up somewhere else’

Having a vision is vital, it gives us something to work towards and keeps us focussed on what is most important.

The vision will guide Council planning, advocacy and decision-making, and it will help to inform broader partnerships and how Council addresses key community concerns.

Now, it’s time for us to have a conversation about our neighbourhoods and communities. How can we weave our neighbourhoods and communities together into the future?

What’s this all about?

Horowhenua is growing fast. By 2040, an additional 10,000 people will have joined our neighbourhoods.

Council wants to know what’s special about your neighbourhood and your vision for its future.

Over the past year, Council has engaged with our community to help develop our Long Term Plan (LTP), the Transforming Taitoko/Levin Town Centre Strategy and the Horowhenua Growth Strategy 2040. Nearly 1000 people have taken part so far – it’s exciting to see the commitment and energy building.

During our conversations you told us what you thought of our plans, helped us make some big decisions, and as a result, a number of changes were made to the LTP before it was adopted by Council – now that is in place Council’s work priorities are clear and we’re getting on with the mahi.

One of the questions we asked you about was what you love about the Horowhenua. The common answers were - The People, The Place and My Community – we’ve taken inspiration from these to underpin the new vision for our district.

What is the purpose of a Vision?

We have been asked a few times now, and the answer is:

‘If you don’t know where you’re going, you’ll probably end up somewhere else’

Having a vision is vital, it gives us something to work towards and keeps us focussed on what is most important.

The vision will guide Council planning, advocacy and decision-making, and it will help to inform broader partnerships and how Council addresses key community concerns.

Why is this focussed on neighbourhoods?

You’ve told us that neighbourhoods are important to you.

We believe our communities will be known as vibrant and connected places to live, work, play and visit where everyone is empowered and energised to realise their potential and ability.

We need your help to build stronger communities so we can meet the challenges that come our way – help us create a legacy we can all be proud of.

How will my ideas be used?

Growing neighbourhoods and building stronger communities only works when we all pitch in. Your thoughts and comments will inform the Horowhenua 2040 action plan. They might be used by Council to promote community conversations and they will be stored by Council as is required by law – please advise if there are reasons why your details should be withheld.

What are the other ways that I can share my ideas with you?

You can fill out an Online Feedback Form.

Forms can also be picked up at and delivered to our service centres and we'll provide a return envelope:

Horowhenua District Council Offices
126 Oxford Street, Levin / Taitoko

Te Takeretanga o Kura-hau-pō
Bath Street, Levin / Taitoko

Te Awahou Nieuwe Stroom
Harbour Street, Foxton / Te Awahou

What if I am interested in leading a conversation with my street, or wider neighbourhood?

We know many of you want to keep the conversation going.  If you would like to lead a conversation in your neighbourhood, or if you have a neighbourly gathering coming up then let us know – you might like one of our community kōrero starter packs.

You’ve told us that neighbourhoods are important to you. 

We believe our communities will be known as vibrant and connected places to live, work, play and visit where everyone is empowered and energised to realise their potential and ability.

We need your help to build stronger communities so we can meet the challenges that come our way – help us create a legacy we can all be proud of.