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Meeting Information

Council Meetings now take place once every 6 weeks. Members of Council are in attendance. Members of the public may confirm the date of upcoming meetings, by contacting the Wairoa District Council.

Council Agendas are public documents and are available on this website or from Council reception.

View Council Agendas & Minutes

Information on the Public Participation at Council's Public Meetings

This is intended to clarify the process if you wish to attend a Council meeting or Council Committee meeting to speak.

A maximum of 30 minutes is available for members of the public to speak at the Council's public meetings, as indicated on the agenda. You are welcome to speak to Councillors on any item that is listed on the agenda. We ask that you are respectful in your comments to the Council.

Five minutes is allocated for each person speaking; out of courtesy to other members of the public you are asked to stay within the allocated time. If there are a large number of people wishing to speak it may be necessary to reduce the time in order to give each person a fair hearing.

Councillors will listen to what you have to say, however, they will not debate your comments with you during the meeting. Councillors may ask questions if there are any points requiring clarification. If you are not asked a question this does not imply disagreement with, or disinterest in, your comments. It means that your message has been understood. They may refer to your comments when the agenda item is debated.

Councillors or staff may not always be able to answer your questions at the public forum; this may need to be done through a verbal or written response at a later time depending on the complexity and availability of information.

Public Participation at meetings is about Council listening to what you have to say.

Meeting Dates 2018

Please have a look here for our Meetings Calendar.

Full Council Meetings and Forums are held in the Council Chambers in the Queen Street offices and are open to the public, unless otherwise specified.

2018 Meeting Schedule

Ordinary Meeting of Council

  • 6 weekly meetings (exception is 30th January Meeting)
  • Tuesday at 1.30pm
  • Agenda closes 5 working days before the meeting date

Council Forum

Council Forum is every 6 weeks and is an informal public meeting where elected members and attendees hear what members of the public and other organisations have to say on a number of topics. This meeting is open to the public to attend.

  • 6 weekly meetings
  • Tuesday at 1.30pm
  • Agenda closes 2 weeks before the meeting date

If you would like to speak at a Council Forum please complete the application form by clicking on the button below. Typically time slots are 10-15 minutes long; however, you can apply to speak for in excess of 15 minutes.

Apply ONLINE to speak at Council Forum


Download a pdf application form

Māori Standing Committee

  • Second Thursday of the month at 12.30pm
  • Agenda closes 5 working days before the meeting date

Finance, Audit & Risk Committee Meeting

  • 6 weekly meetings
  • Tuesday at 1.30pm
  • Agenda closes 5 working days before the meeting date

Economic Development Committee Meeting

  • 6 weekly meetings
  • Tuesday at 1.30pm
  • Agenda closes 5 working days before the meeting date

Infrastructure Committee Meeting

  • Quarterly meetings
  • Tuesday at 1.30pm

Chief Executive Performance Review Committee

  • as required

Conduct Review Committee

  • as required


1. Ordinary Meetings of Council are scheduled six weekly on Tuesdays.

2. Council Forums are scheduled six weekly on Tuesdays.

3. No Council Meetings or Forums are scheduled in January of each year and the December Council Forum is not scheduled as it conflicts with the Christmas break.

4. Special Meetings of Council are scheduled as required.


For more information relating to Council Agendas and Meetings, you can contact the Wairoa District Council Offices. 

+64 6 838 7309

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