Oamaru HarbOUR Space engagement sees massive community response


The results are in for stage one of our public consultation around the future of Oamaru Harbour

Waitaki District Council is praising the community after a massive response to the Oamaru HarbOUR public engagement process. 

All up, Council received 878 survey responses, over 60 written and emailed contributions, and over 140 post-it comments. On top of this Council held a public information session with over 180 attendees, three public drop-in sessions throughout November, and visited schools and retirement homes. 

Waitaki Mayor, Gary Kircher is pleased with the level of engagement received and has praised the community for taking part in the process. 

“We’ve had a wide range of responses come in, with a good cross section of age demographics, which has been great to see.” 

“To have received over 1000 individual pieces of information as part of this process is a fantastic result, making this the most popular engagement Council has ever undertaken. It is by no means a surprise to see we have such a passionate and engaged community, and all of the information received will help us shape the next stages of the development of a masterplan for the Harbour Area.” 

“We have also produced an interactive tool to help the community understand the main themes found throughout the survey responses, with the ability to dissect the results by demographics such as age, location and gender.” 

Some themes are universal among all demographics, while others are divided along specific demographic groupings. For example, almost all age groups found the area’s tranquillity and charm the thing they liked the most about the area. 

There are some demographic differences across gender, location age and a combination of all three - this can all be explored using Council’s online tool, with detailed user instructions available on the Waitaki District Council’s website. 

“With open ended data there are a number of ways it can be interpreted, so we are making all of the raw data, responses and ideas received available online as well. As we’ve stated from the beginning – this process is community driven and transparent, so there’s quite a lot of Christmas reading for anyone interested.”

Council staff will consider the information received over the coming weeks and look to kick off the masterplan process in the New Year. 

The first step in this process will be for Council to approve an Establishment Report that identifies a range of key components such as the scope, process, project governance, key stakeholders and timeframes. This will be part of the February Council Meeting. It has already been agreed that there will be a draft Masterplan which will go to the public for full consultation before being adopted by Council at a meeting later in the year.​

Read a snapshot of the survey results here: HarbOUR space engagement stage1 results

Visit our HabOUR Space consultation page​ for more information and all the survey data.

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