Systems for Public Access
Contacting the Council and Elected Members
Contact information for the Council, the Mayor and Councillors can be found on the Contact Us page of this website.
Public Attendance at meetings
During the current COVID-19 alert status it is not possible for Manawatū District Council to conduct its meetings at a publicly accessible physical location. All Council and Committee meetings are being held remotely, with all participating members counting for the purpose of the meeting quorum in accordance with clause 25B of Schedule 7 to the Local Government Act 2002.
Members of the public are welcome to continue to attend meetings of the Council and its Committees as observers. All Council meetings will be held via Zoom, and will be livestreamed to Council’s YouTube Channel. You will be able to attend and observe the meeting via the link to the YouTube channel on Council’s website in accordance with clause 47A of the Local Government Official Information and Meetings Act 1987. A recording of the meeting, along with the minutes of the meeting, will also be published on Council’s website. Note that public excluded sessions will not be livestreamed or have a recording or minutes made available on Council’s website.
Speaking at meetings
You can address Council via Zoom during the Public Forum session of the meeting.
If you would like to participate in the Council’s public forum at the beginning of Council meetings, please email us via email@example.com at least a week prior to the meeting with:
- Your name, and the name or your organisation if you are speaking on behalf of an organisation
- Confirmation of the topic/s you wish to address
If this is not an option for you, you can provide a written speech to be read verbatim by a member at the meeting. This will need to be provided via email to firstname.lastname@example.org.
It is important to note that although the meetings are currently being held remotely, the rules surrounding public participation have not changed. This means that you will still have the opportunity to speak for up to five (5) minutes, with members accorded time to ask you questions.
For any members of the public considering participating in public forum, please read the full requirements that are contained within the Council's Standing Orders (736KB pdf).
You may present a presentation and/or provide supporting information to your speech. This information will be circulated to members prior to the meeting.
Please provide any speeches, presentations, and supporting information via email to email@example.com by midday on the day before the meeting.