Horizons in Your Neighbourhood

As your regional council, our role differs from that of the city and district councils. We’re responsible for managing the region’s land, air and water resources on behalf of the communities we serve. We also manage pest plants and animals, enhance biodiversity, contract passenger transport services, plan regional transport, work to mitigate the risk and impact of flooding, undertake science and monitoring, and lead the planning for and response to natural disasters to help keep people and property safe.

Community outcomes and our priorities for 2022-23

We’re working across all our region’s seven districts to make our place a healthy environment where the people thrive. Our community outcomes form a key part of our strategic approach to achieving this. Below is a snapshot of these outcomes and some of our priority work programmes your rates will contribute to in the 2022-23 financial year.

Our communities are resilient to the impacts of natural hazards and climate change

This work looks to protect the economic and social well-being of our communities. The four components of this are flood protection and control, emergency management, climate change and strategic management. Read more >

Our ecosystems are healthy

This work primarily protects and enhances the environmental well-being of our region and communities. There are two main components to this – the quality and ecosystem health of our freshwater and biodiversity on land. Freshwater and biodiversity management continue to pose challenges for our region. Read more >

Our transport networks are effective

This work aims to enhance our communities' economic and social well-being and protect our environmental well-being. There are four components to this, land transport planning, public transport, Total Mobility and road safety. Read more >

Our economy is thriving

This work looks to enhance our communities' economic well-being. The five components of this are strategic management, land transport, land drainage, biosecurity and land management. Read more >

Our communities are vibrant and empowered

This work aims to enable our communities to participate meaningfully in decision-making and take action to benefit our collective wellbeing. There are six components to this – governance, community engagement, iwi and hapū, community partnerships, strategic management and information. Read more >