Ward Forums and Community Board meetings cancelled

Western Bay of Plenty District Council ward form and community board meetings cancelled in September and early October. Photo: File.

The Western Bay of Plenty District Council has decided to cancel upcoming Ward Forums and Community Board meetings in September and early October.


The call was made in order to keep the community, elected members and the Council team safe.


The meetings were considered a safety risk, as the format makes it difficult to meet COVID-19 ‘Delta’ Alert Level 2 requirements, which would include controlling public participation and maintaining physical distancing by restricting movement.


“This isn’t a decision we make lightly but we have to put the safety of our people and community first, and don’t want to expose them to any risk,” says Council CEO John Holyoake.


“We’re fortunate that there are other ways our community can connect with our elected members and we’d encourage them to do so.”


The Ward Forums will not be rescheduled, however Community Board meetings may be reassessed at a later date.


Council expects to resume all Community Board meetings and Ward Forums in Alert Level 1, and will review the decision at the end of September.


If community members wish to raise an issue with their elected members in the meantime, they can contact them directly. For a full list of Councillor contact details visit:


Cancelled Ward Forums

Maketu-Te Puke Ward Forum: Monday 13 September

Kaimai Ward Forum: Thursday 16 September

Cancelled Community Board meetings

Katikati: Wednesday 15 September

Maketu: Tuesday 21 September

Te Puke: Thursday 23 September

Ōmokoroa: Tuesday 28 September

Waihī Beach: Monday 4 October


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Pointless anyway

Posted on 27-09-2021 12:46 | By Kancho

Local government and local views are being squashed as they are being told by central government what to do and say


Posted on 27-09-2021 10:14 | By

Being. Abused about our rates that have just come out unbelievable

Safe lol

Posted on 26-09-2021 11:42 | By

Safe from what?