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About Consultation & Engagement

What is Have Your Say?

Have Your Say is your chance to make your voice heard.

As a Council, we work to serve the community. To ensure we meet the needs of Carterton residents, we need to hear from you!

Choose one of the consultations below. We look forward to hearing your views and suggestions!

Our Engagement Process

Council undertakes ‘engagement’ when we provide opportunities for the public to participate in Council projects, plans and proposals.

Usually, this is in the form of us asking for your thoughts, ideas and preferences on an upcoming project, plan or proposal e.g. a Long Term Plan.

We see engagement as a genuine dialogue with our communities.

Good, thorough and meaningful engagement helps us make better, more sustainable and inclusive decisions that lead to the changes you want to see in your community.

How does engagement work?

Council’s  Significance and Engagement Policy  sets the rules for how Council and the community will determine how significant particular proposals or decisions are, and when and how the community will be engaged in making decisions.

Before making a decision, Council considers all feedback, along with advice from our team and other relevant information. Once a decision has been made, that decision, along with relevant reports, will be available on this website.

Other ways to have your say

Speak to your Mayor & Councillors: Your elected members are available to discuss your ideas, issues or concerns. Contact them today.

Speak at forums & meetings: Contact our Democratic Services team, who can help direct you to the best meeting to address. Council is not able to make a decision on your presentation but may refer your issue to staff for further report.

Talk to us at an event: Keep an eye out on when Elected Members and Council staff will be out and about in your community.

Sign up to our updates: Join our mailing list and we will keep you informed of what’s happening at Council.

Alternatively you can email us at

What is the difference between consultation and engagement?

Engagement is the practice of actively bringing community or public voices into decisions that affect or interest them. Consultation is one type of engagement, with a legal definition and statutory obligations for local government. Read our Significance and Engagement Policy for more information.

Principles of consultation

Section 82 of the Local Government Act outlines the principles of consultation.

Open Consultation & Engagement Opportunities

Have Your Say: Connecting Carterton – Schools Link

Have Your Say: Connecting Carterton – Schools Link

About Connecting Carterton - Schools Link Have Your Say   About Connecting Carterton - Schools Link Carterton District Council is welcoming feedback on a proposed new cycleway through the heart of our town. Waka Kotahi’s Transport Choices programme is supporting...

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4 August – 𝐔𝐩𝐝𝐚𝐭𝐞 𝐟𝐫𝐨𝐦 𝐊𝐢𝐰𝐢𝐫𝐚𝐢𝐥 𝐨𝐧 𝐩𝐫𝐨𝐩𝐨𝐬𝐞𝐝 𝐥𝐞𝐯𝐞𝐥 𝐜𝐫𝐨𝐬𝐬𝐢𝐧𝐠 𝐜𝐥𝐨𝐬𝐮𝐫𝐞𝐬

4 August – 𝐔𝐩𝐝𝐚𝐭𝐞 𝐟𝐫𝐨𝐦 𝐊𝐢𝐰𝐢𝐫𝐚𝐢𝐥 𝐨𝐧 𝐩𝐫𝐨𝐩𝐨𝐬𝐞𝐝 𝐥𝐞𝐯𝐞𝐥 𝐜𝐫𝐨𝐬𝐬𝐢𝐧𝐠 𝐜𝐥𝐨𝐬𝐮𝐫𝐞𝐬

𝟒 𝐀𝐮𝐠𝐮𝐬𝐭 - 𝐔𝐩𝐝𝐚𝐭𝐞 𝐟𝐫𝐨𝐦 𝐊𝐢𝐰𝐢𝐫𝐚𝐢𝐥 𝐨𝐧 𝐩𝐫𝐨𝐩𝐨𝐬𝐞𝐝 𝐥𝐞𝐯𝐞𝐥 𝐜𝐫𝐨𝐬𝐬𝐢𝐧𝐠 𝐜𝐥𝐨𝐬𝐮𝐫𝐞𝐬 Below is a letter Council received today from Kiwirail: As you know, KiwiRail recently put forward a proposal to improve all 30 level crossings on the Wairarapa Line. We mentioned that some crossings...

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Closed Initiatives

Recent closed Council consultation and engagement opportunities.
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Bike storage project progresses but cycleways proposals halted

Carterton District Council [CDC] will continue to support bike storage options for schools but is unable to proceed with the proposed Connecting Carterton cycle paths project to link parks and schools at this stage. CDC held public engagement during August on the...
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Speed Review Consultation Closed – Submission numbers and next steps

25 July 2023 A consultation led by South Wairarapa and Carterton District Councils on an interim Speed Management Plan has now closed. The proposal asked for feedback on lowering the speed limit around several schools and marae, and a speed limit review on some...

CLOSED: Speed Management Consultation plans and speed review

23 June 2023 Consultation opens on draft Speed management plans and speed review South Wairarapa and Carterton District councils are asking for feedback on our interim Speed Management Plan that proposes to lower the speed limit around several schools and marae, and a...

CLOSED: Public Consultation: Disposal of 29 Holloway Street

We're asking for your feedback on our proposal on the disposal of a Council asset, namely 29 Holloway Street. We want to know if you agree with our proposal to explore the options of disposal. Background The building was purchased by Council in 2005. In 2009 the...

CLOSED: Public Consultation: Revocation of Reserve Status at 583 Belvedere Road [“Belvedere Hall”]

We seeking public feedback on its proposal to revoke the reserve status of the property situated at 583 Belvedere Road, Carrington, Carterton ["Belvedere Hall"]. Council is making this proposal, as the hall building is no longer fit for public purposes and requires a...

CLOSED: Public Consultation: Proposed Carterton District Freedom Camping Bylaw

We're asking for public feedback on our proposal to adopt a Freedom Camping Bylaw to manage freedom camping in our District. We have written a Draft Bylaw, and we're asking you if you agree with the details in the proposed Bylaw before we make it final.   Why are...

CLOSED: We want your feedback on our Water Race system

We're currently seeking feedback on your views on the water race system with particular focus on how it is used, what value it provides to you, and what your views are on how it is maintained and funded. What are water races? Why are we doing this? How can I take...
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CDC listening to Carterton Residents Survey feedback

Residents have had their say on Carterton District Council services and facilities. And CDC is listening and acting on the feedback. The results of the 2022 Residents Survey are now available online. Almost 500 members of our community let us know what’s working well for them, and where we can make improvements.

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Consultation now open for Carterton Districts Council’s Ten Year Plan

Carterton District Council is now consulting on its Draft Ten Year Plan for 2021-2031. The Council’s Ten Year Plan sets out its planned activities and projects for the next ten years. It will be largely ‘business as usual’ for most of the Council’s activities for the...

Have Your Say – Draft Reserve Management Plan

Tell us what you think about Carterton's parks and your ideas for their future use, management and development. In 2009 Carterton District Council prepared a general policy for all reserves and individual plans for existing reserves. It is now time to renew those. The...

Consultation Documents

Speed Management Plan Technical Report for Carterton District

A pdf format version of the Speed Management Plan Technical Report for Carterton District.

June 23, 2023
Draft CDC/SWDC Interim Speed Management Plan

A pdf format version of the Draft Interim Speed Management Plan for Carterton and South Wairarapa District Councils, from June 2023.

June 23, 2023
Consultation Document: Proposal for Freedom Camping Bylaw; Revocation of Reserve Status; Disposal of 29 Holloway St

A document containing information and public submission information on the proposals for a Carterton District Freedom Camping Bylaw; Revocation of Reserve Status for 583 Belvedere Rd; and Disposal of 29 Holloway St.

June 2, 2023
Significance and Engagement Policy

A pdf version of the Carterton District Council Significance and Engagement Policy, updated June 2021.

June 26, 2021