Western Bay’s fun way to plan for the future

Western Bay of Plenty District Council wants to get the whole family involved in planning for the future. File image/SunLive.

Grab the family, the popcorn, the picnic blanket and get ready to have a chat about what you think the Western Bay should look like in the future.

Western Bay of Plenty District Council is coming to a neighbourhood near you, with a trio of whanau-friendly events at locations across the district next month.

The first event is at Jubilee Park, Te Puke on March 27, followed by Katikati’s Uretara Domain on March 28, and Maramatanga Park in Te Puna on April 3. All events start at 4pm and kick off with a free children’s show.

The Hello Future District Fun Day events feature fun fair-style activities relating to key topics council wish to have a chat about, food stalls from local vendors and community groups, and just for the kids, Mr Lam Sam’s Musical Mayhem Show.

Council has also teamed up with Night Owl Cinema to end the night with a movie under the stars at each location. Jubilee Park will have the new adaptation of Aladdin, The Lion King (2019) will be at Uretara Domain and Hunt for the Wilderpeople at Maramatanga Park.

“You will be making the effort to see us, and have a chat, so the least we can do is say thank you with an event that will bring residents together to share ideas enjoy some delicious food and take in an outdoor movie,” says Western Bay mayor Garry Webber.   

“We’re looking forward to welcoming you, your family and friends at one of our three Hello Future District Fun Day events.”

Garry says getting out and meeting the community in their backyards is important to understand what matters to residents, and what council should prioritise in its next long term plan. 

“We want to know what the community’s thoughts are, so we're bringing the conversation to them across the district with fun free events for all ages to find out what you think.

“Hearing from as many residents as possible helps us plan for the next 10 years.”

The events are the first step in council’s three-part engagement process. The second step will focus on what will be included in the upcoming long term plan.

For more information on these events head to the WBOP council’s Facebook page –

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Posted on 24-02-2020 18:48 | By old trucker

Did TCC NOT JUST PAY $10,000 FOR SOMEONE TO COME FROM Overseas to have a meeting like this in Bongard centre top floor to ask Whipper Snappers what they would like Tauranga to look like in the future,are you kidding me, they are not out of naps yet and asking them for crying out loud,TCC did not advertise this did they,what a waste of money,could Sunlive make a call to TCC and ask please about this,the person that allowed this should be fired ,did the mayor allow this or did he not know about it, like he said he did not know about Bayfair traffic lights being put in,a woman had to send him a picture to prove it,my gosh this all sucks money wasted again,but TCC dont care,anyway Sunlive my threepence worth,Thankyou,10-4 out.phew.