Understanding what communities need and want helps Environment
Southland with the decisions it has to make. The more significant the
issue, the more important it is that we engage with the people who are
likely to be affected.
Our relationships and engagement with the community, other councils,
tangata whenua and government agencies are extremely important to our
activities. Partnership and collaborative arrangements provide unique
opportunities to work alongside people with different interests and
skills on projects of common interest.
In line with the Local Government Act, the Council has adopted a
Significance and Engagement Policy that lists the Council’s strategic
assets and provides a community engagement guide.
Environment Southland has three strategic assets: a 66.48%
shareholding in South Port New Zealand Limited; the flood scheme
infrastructure, which includes stop banks, dams, culverts and floodway
land; and the joint Emergency Operations Centre for natural hazard and
maritime oil spill response. The policy also sets out thresholds for
when community engagement should occur based on significant spending and
This policy will help the Council to identify how significant an
issue is and to clarify how and when communities can expect to be
engaged, transparently and early in the process.
The policy uses the internationally recognised IAP2 Public
Participation Spectrum, which provides a progressive range of engagement
options: Inform, consult, involve, collaborate and empower.
Download the Significance & Engagement Policy.