2024-25 Enhanced Annual Plan consultation

Consultation for the the 2024-25 Enhanced Annual Plan has now closed. Thank you to everyone who provided feedback throughout the consultation period of 5 April and 5 May.

Since the Council’s current Long-Term Plan (LTP) was written in 2021, the economic environment we operate in has shifted significantly. The increase in rates forecast in the LTP for 2024-25 was 10.97%. However, the costs of services the Council provides to the community have increased dramatically since then.

The consultation document proposes a 15.3% total rates increase for the 2024-25 financial year. This takes into account high levels of inflation, interest and insurance costs, along with core operational investment in roading and maintaining current levels of water investment.

This year, we’re asking our communities to have their say on the proposals which are outlined across 3 decisions:

  • How much should we spend on operating and maintaining our water services?
  • How should we charge for water use?
  • How should we pay for the replacement of our assets?

It’s important for South Wairarapa communities to have their say about the proposals included in the consultation document. We want to hear from you about which proposals you support, and welcome comments on the other areas we’re focusing on. The online form is the quickest and easiest way to make a submission. We look forward to getting your responses, thoughts, and suggestions.

Important dates

Public consultation opens5 April
Greytown community workshop6 April
Martinborough community workshop13 April
Featherston community workshop20 April
Greytown community drop-in session 24 April
Public consultation closes5 May
Hearings 16 & 17 May
Deliberations22 May
2024-25 Enhanced Annual Plan to be adopted by Council26 June

How to provide your feedback

  • Fill in the online submission form
  • Paper copy – print off this form and;
    – Email it to us at submissions@swdc.govt.nz or
    – Post to PO Box 6, Martinborough 5741 or
    – Drop it in to the Council office or any of the South Wairarapa libraries.
  • Visit us at a community workshop
    Hosted by both your elected members and Council staff, workshop attendees will have the opportunity to join a conversation around each of the decisions outlined in the consultation document, and then rotate onto the next one.

    We ask you join us by 10.30am to make the most of the time. Tea, coffee and biscuits will be provided.

    – Greytown Town Centre | 6 April | 10.30am – 12pm
    – Martinborough Waihinga Centre | 13 April | 10.30am – 12pm
    – Featherston Community Centre | 20 April | 10.30am – 12pm
  • Drop-in session
    Want to have a chat with a councillor or council staff member in person about the Enhanced Annual Plan? Join us anytime between 9.30am and 11.30am to talk about the proposals in the plan, and what these mean for you. 

    – Pirinoa / The Land Girl | Monday 29 April | anytime between 10.30am – 12.30pm
  • South Wairarapa Business Owners + Business Wairarapa session

    Update – this event has been cancelled due to low RSVPs.

    Open to any business owners in the South Wairarapa, join elected members and council staff to discuss the Enhanced Annual Plan, with particular focus on proposals around water investment and allocation.

    White Swan Greytown | Tuesday 30 April |
  • Get in touch with one of your local elected members.

Supporting documents

Submissions forms

  • Online submission form
  • Paper submission form


Financial documents

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