Join our People's Panel

The NPDC People’s Panel is a group of residents who give their views to the Council by completing questionnaires or taking part in focus groups or workshops.

Panel members take part in consultation about Council services to voice their suggestions and comments on:

  • Improving services
  • Council planning, policy and strategy
  • Proposals to change Council services
  • Council spending and funding proposals 

Who sits on the panel?

Membership is open to all residents and ratepayers of New Plymouth District.  When seeking people’s views, we aim to get feedback from a wide range of people from across the district. Panel members are generally over 18.

How will you seek my views?

We will seek your feedback in a variety of ways, which may include:

  • Questionnaires
  • Online surveys
  • Interviews
  • Workshops and focus groups

These conversations may be face-to-face, by email, online or by telephone.

What will you ask my views on?

The consultation may be general (about the Council as a whole), or it may be specific to a particular service or activity.

Do I get paid?

If you take part in a workshop or focus group there is likely to be a small reimbursement for your time and costs. However, not all consultations will have this due to their small time commitment.

How often will you contact me?

We generally contact members of the panel a few times each year via email to invite them to provide feedback.