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 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.