Have Your Say

Policies and Bylaws Review

We are seeking feedback on proposed changes to several of our Policies, Bylaws and Management Plans. This consultation is open for submissions from 20 March 2019 until 22 April 2019 and we invite you to have your say.

Read more about the proposed changes


Declaration and Classification of Reserve Land, Spur Street, Te Aroha


We own two land parcels next to Spur Street and Boyd Park, Te Aroha (Lot 1 DPS 85778 and Lot 3 DPS 85778).  This land is held “for carparking and beautification or any other work that the Council is authorised to construct, undertake, establish, operate or maintain, or any use of the land so authorised to establish and continue”.  We want to formally declare this land to be Reserve and to classify it as Recreation Reserve under the Reserves Act 1977.

We also want to declare and classify a small parcel of land between the Boyd Park tennis courts and Spur Street (Section 90 Block IX Aroha SD) as Recreation Reserve to match the status of the adjoining land at Boyd Park. This was consulted on as part of the management plan for Boyd Park a few years ago.

Classifying the three land parcels as Recreation Reserve would give consistent legal status and protection to all the parcels of land forming part of a greater Boyd Park.

This will also help us to potentially develop these areas in future for recreation and related purposes. This could potentially include things like tracks, additional parking, dog exercise areas, gardens, exercise or play equipment etc.

 Spur St Parcels

The Process

The process involves:

  • Giving public notice of the intent to declare and classify the land as reserve
  • Allowing one month for objections
  • Considering any objections at a Council meeting
  • Placing a notice in the NZ Gazette if Council decides to declare/classify the land as Reserve .

Have your say

If you want to comment on or object to the proposal, write to Proposed Reserves – Spur Street, Matamata-Piako District Council, 35 Kenrick Street, Te Aroha, 3320 or email This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. with the subject line ‘Proposed Reserves - Spur Street’.

Comments/objections must be received before 5pm on 20 March 2019.


Representation review - final proposal

We are required by law to review our ‘representation arrangements’ at least every six years to ensure our community is fairly and effectively represented. This includes reviewing things like the number of Councillors and wards we have, whether each Councillor represents roughly the same number of people in the district, and whether we should have community boards. We sought community feedback on our initial proposal between 20 June and 20 July 2018. Council then considered all the submissions and developed a final proposal. This was advertised in local papers on 29 August, 2018. Anyone who made a submission on the initial proposal could lodge an appeal against the final proposal, by 30 September 2018. Three appeals were received. The Local Government Commission has made a determination which has upheld Council’s final proposal. This means the existing representation arrangements will apply for the election to be held on 12 October 2019.

Read more about Commissions determination.


Plan Your Town

We are currently reviewing our District Plan one section at a time. For further information on the sections that have been reviewed or are currently being reviewed, look at the Plan Your Town page.


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