1 May 2024

The Mayor and Councillors are set to hear from more than 350 Christchurch residents on the city’s draft budget for the next 10 years.

Mayor Phil Mauger says hearings on the Draft Long Term Plan 2024–2034 start on Thursday 2 May. 

“The submitters come from across Christchurch and Banks Peninsula, and they’ll be presenting to us with a mix of in-person and virtual deputations,” Mayor Mauger says.  

“As well as various individuals, we’re expecting to hear from community groups, businesses and business groups, special interest groups and each of the city’s community boards. 

“In the first couple of days, we’ll be hearing from the Orana Wildlife Trust and Te Matatiki Toi Ora The Arts Centre, as funding for those two institutions became a hot topic during consultation.” 

The remainder of the nearly 7000 submissions were made in writing and will also be considered by elected members. 

“As we’ve said before, none of our proposals are set in stone, and my colleagues and I will be listening very carefully to every deputation as we refine the plan and work to lock in a final budget,” Mayor Mauger says. 

The first day of hearings begins at 3pm on Thursday 2 May, and the second begins at 1.30pm on Friday 3 May. Further hearings will take place the following week. See the full schedule here.  

Those who want to follow the hearings can watch them in-person at Te Hononga Civic Offices, or online at councillive.ccc.govt.nz 

The final Long Term Plan 2024–2034 is set to be adopted in June.