You can have your say during the public comment session of a Council meeting. This can be a general comment or a formal submission related to a particular consultation.
Anything you say, including personal information such as your name, will be available to the public and media as part of the decision-making process.
A submission tells us what you agree with, what you are concerned about, disagree with or feel should be changed or what other issues you would like considered.
You will be advised where the meeting will be held. Many meetings are held in the Council Chamber located in the Civic Centre, Liardet Street, New Plymouth.
For general comments you need to contact us and let us know what subject you'd like to comment on. We will let you of the next relevant meeting. For formal submissions meeting times are often shown on submission forms. We will let you of the approximate time that you will be able to speak.
It is important that you arrive at the meeting at least 15 minutes before your allocated time. If we are ahead of schedule you may be asked to speak earlier than your allocated time.Return to top
You will be there together with the Mayor, councillors and council officers. Other submitters, members of the public and the media (radio, print and television journalists) may also be there.
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If the matter that you have spoken about is on the meeting agenda then your comments will be taken into consideration by the councillors/members when they are considering that report.If the matter that you have spoken about is not on the agenda then no resolution can be made on your presentation, but Council officers may be asked to prepare a report for consideration at a subsequent meeting.
For any other enquiries regarding public participation in meetings, meeting schedules and meeting procedures, please contact our Secretariat Team.Return to top
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