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Three-Year Plan 2024-27 Community Pre-Engagement

We're starting to develop Napier City Council's Three-Year Plan 2024-27 and we want to know what you think. The Three-Year Plan replaces the 2024-34 Long Term Plan due to the impacts Cyclone Gabrielle has had on Council resources.

Developing Napier’s Three-Year Plan 2024-27

Napier City Council’s Three-Year Plan will set out all our activities, expected income and costs, and what our rates will need to be for the next three years. Although this plan is for three years, it will also signal some of the major projects we’re planning from 2024-34.

We’re starting to develop our Three-Year Plan and we’re interested to know what you think Napier’s priorities should be. This feedback will help to inform what we include in the Three-Year Plan. Please read the information below and then answer the survey.

Where is the Long Term Plan?

Due to the disruption caused by Cyclone Gabrielle, central government changed the legal requirement for NCC to produce a 10-year Long Term Plan. We are instead producing an unaudited, three-year plan for 2024-2027. This change acknowledges the effects Cyclone Gabrielle has had on our ability to deliver previously planned projects. We will still provide information on budgets and plans beyond 30 June 2027 to give our community an indication of projects planned over the longer term. Discover more about the key factors influencing our planning and what our service delivery priorities will be here.

Having your say

We’ll keep the community’s views in mind as we develop the Three-Year Plan. Once it’s written, we'll seek formal feedback through a community consultation in early 2024. The Three-Year Plan 2024-27 will be formally adopted by Council no later than 30 June 2024. 

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Survey opens

Monday 2 October

Survey closes

Thursday 19 October

Formal community consultation on Three Year Plan

Early 2024

Three-Year Plan 2024-27 formally adopted by Council

30 June 2024

Council’s new Vision and Strategic Priorities  

To guide us in our decision making as we develop the Three-Year Plan, Council has developed a new Vision and new Strategic Priorities. These will help us to focus on doing the essentials well, rather than spreading ourselves thinly across a lot of different activities and projects that aren't needed right now. 

Napier City Council’s Vision

Enabling places and spaces where everybody wants to be. 

Strategic Priorities

Financially sustainable Council

Financially sustainable Council

Council has an operating model and financial strategy which is affordable for rate payers and enables us to achieve our objectives.

A great visitor destination

A great visitor destination

Napier is a destination aspiring to provide 'world class' facilities and attract visitors to our city. We make it easy for people to invest in our city and create experiences that attract widespread participation.

Spaces and places for all

Spaces and places for all

Napier has spaces and places that everyone has access to and wants to use. We have a focus on accessibility, affordability, safety, and city vibrancy.

A resilient city - the ability to thrive and withstand impacts, knocks and shocks

A resilient city - the ability to thrive and withstand impacts, knocks and shocks

Council makes good future planning and investment decisions to prepare for a changing climate future and enables our community to build self-reliance. Our people, economy and infrastructure are resilient.

Nurturing authentic relationships with our community and partners

Nurturing authentic relationships with our community and partners

Council fosters meaningful relationships, demonstrating our commitment to listen to our community's needs, concerns, and aspirations. Developing strong partnerships with mana whenua and tangata whenua ensures we uphold our obligations under Te Tiriti o Waitangi.

What’s affecting our planning?

There are different external factors that will affect the direction of our Three-Year Plan. 

Cyclone Gabrielle

Cyclone Gabrielle has resulted in new and unexpected challenges that will require significant time and money from Council. Our Three-Year Plan will show what we need to do to recover from the cyclone and build a resilient city, both now and in the coming years. Cyclone recovery costs include: 

  • The cost of the regional cyclone response and recovery, including Council’s share of the Category 3 voluntary property purchases in land zoned as no longer habitable (Category 3 areas).  
  • Recovery costs specific to Napier, both now and in the long term. This includes repair of the Wastewater Treatment Plant and improving our resilience to major weather events by future-proofing our stormwater network and other infrastructure and facilities. 

Government reforms 

Various government reform programmes will have a major impact on our future. Within the next three years, the Water Services Reform Programme will remove around one third of our business, and place it into a new water services entity. The Future of Local Government Review Report recommends many changes to how councils operate to address the challenges we will face over the next 30 years and ensure our communities thrive. 

The economic environment 

High inflation has affected our ability to sustainably fund services and activities, and this is likely to continue into the near future. A tight labour market also means we need to ensure our projects and activities can be adequately resourced with the right number of staff. 

We'll focus on core activities 

We will prioritise our budgets and activities in the coming years to keep rates increases affordable and to achieve our plans in a financially sustainable way. Along with cyclone recovery, our Three-Year Plan will also focus on the core activities our community expects us to provide. These are services such as rubbish collection, roading maintenance, and maintaining spaces and places that promote emotional, physical and cultural wellbeing. We’ll prioritise the projects that will help us to deliver these services and activities well.  

Do you want to hear from us more often and have your say on other Napier projects?

Join our People's Panel

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