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Draft 10-year strategy open for feedback

We’ve just released our draft 10-year strategy, and we’d like you to tell us if we’ve got it right. We'd like your feedback 14 February - 1 March 2020

The new draft strategy is purposefully high level and geared at pushing us towards our vision for the mighty Waikato of “empowering our people, caring for our place”.

We’re interested in your thoughts on the new vision and whether you think our six strategic priorities – water, climate, biodiversity, coastal and marine, sustainable infrastructure, transport connections – are the right issues to focus our effort on over the next decade. We’re also keen to hear your feedback on the principles that guide the way we work.

Ready to get started? Read the full document or summary, then scroll down to the survey on this page.

This survey will be open for two weeks from Friday, 14 February to Sunday, 1 March. Feedback that we receive will be collated and presented to council, who will use it to guide the final version of the strategy. Councillors are expecting to sign off our 10-year strategy at the end of March 2020.

Our vision

Our mighty Waikato: Empowering our people, caring for our place.

Our purpose

Working together for a Waikato region that has a healthy environment, strong economy and vibrant communities.

Our values

Responsible | Kia tika – doing the right thing
Effective | Kia toa – making a difference
Respectful | Kia tau – acting with respect

Our customer commitment

Exceptional customer service built on a foundation of authenticity, empathy and trust.

The way we work

Te āhua o tā mātou mahi

Our six strategic priorities

  • Water

    Because water is life

    Above all else, water is our most precious resource. People and our economy need water – clean water. The health of our environment, and the many animals, fish and plants that live in our waterways, also depend on it. But with more people comes more activity.

    We’re now at the point where the fresh water we have available is nearly fully allocated, and the way we’re using our land is degrading some of our water resources. Unless something changes, there simply won’t be enough water in our waterways to keep the ecosystem healthy, let alone meet commercial and community demands. In particular, communities will be unable to attract investment, businesses may not be able to expand, and we may be unable to respond to iwi aspirations and interests. The opportunity cost to the region, and New Zealand, will be huge.

    He aroha kamehameha

Complete the survey to share your views with us on our draft 10-year strategy

Come along to our public drop-in sessions:

  • Thames– Monday, 24 February at Thames War Memorial Hall, cnr Mary and Queen streets, 4pm–6pm
  • Hamilton – Tuesday, 25 February at The Link, cnr Te Aroha Steet and River Road, 10.30am–12.30pm
  • Taupō – Friday, 28 February at Taupō Library, Story Place, 12pm–2pm