Mayor keen to hold pub-lic forums

"I want to break away from the shackles of habit"

TARYN UTIGER
Last updated 05:00 04/04/2014
Andrew Judd stand
ANDY JACKSON
STANDING UP: New Plymouth's mayor Andrew Judd.

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Pull up a pew and have a beer with the mayor.

Pubs, clubs and marae around the New Plymouth District are being put up as possible venues for a series of meetings with Mayor Andrew Judd and elected councillors.

Next week the first in a series of Community Conversations will kick off at the TSB Showplace.

Judd said the event would be held every month in different locations and could be taken to marae, bars and school halls.

"I want to break away from the shackles of habit," he said.

"We need to talk to our communities and start discussions around strategic vision and what we value as a community."

He said councillors needed to hear from the public on several issues.

More often than not, he said, policies appeared on council tables and then the public was consulted about the proposals.

The public could now help shape future policies and the Long Term Plan, he said.

Senior council officers and chief executive Barbara McKerrow would also be with him to talk with the public.

"There is a lot of feedback out there still saying that we are not listening, officers are running the show and councillors are just rubber-stamping things," he said.

Judd encouraged people to come along and speak with the council about what they want for the New Plymouth District in the future. The first Community Conversations will be at the TSB Showplace on Monday, April 7, from 7pm to 8.30pm.

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