Skip to main content

MAKING THAT SUBMISSION COUNT BECAUSE WHAT YOU BELIEVE COUNTS

 |  Helen Vivian  | 
So I read in The Informer that Long Term Plan (LTP) submissions are invited. Councils and government departments probably rely on most people not making a submission. To oppose something or question a priority can be in the scary, too hard basket.  It’s actually simple for anybody to have their say by making a submission opposing or supporting all or part of a proposal, such as the TCDC’s Long Term Plan or any Resource Consent application.

Sometimes a submission form is provided or groups opposing a proposal often do a template form for members to fill out.

Otherwise you can write or type up your own to be emailed or posted to the proposers (eg TCDC) by a deadline. The current deadline for TCDC is Monday, 8 April. (No one’s going to check your spelling or mark it!)

The important points to include:

1. Start with a heading giving the reference number or description of the proposal (eg Long Term Plan 2024 -Rates or Storm water).

2. Give your name and contact details.

State whether you are submitting in support or opposition to all or part of it.

3. Clearly state the basic reasons why you are opposing or supporting it and why. Ideally one paragraph for each reason. (You don’t have to cover everything – just the points you want to make).

If relevant, you should mention how you personally might be affected by what’s being proposed. It’s important to stay on topic and be as brief as you can.  One page is good but four pages maximum.

4. It’s good to at least touch on all your arguments because you can’t bring in fresh points later if for instance it goes to a hearing.

5. You should say what you would like to see done instead of what’s being proposed.  You don’t have to cover everything in great detail – just the points you’re making.

6. You’ll be asked if you want to speak in support of your submission at a hearing.

Say yes. This makes the Council realise you’re serious about what you say.

You can always pull out later and it’s actually no big deal – you can just read out your arguments.

7. Sign it, date it and send it – and get your mates to do the same if they feel the same way.  Let them know they can copy your words.

There’s no point in being upset at what Council does or doesn’t do if you don’t at least try to make them hear your point of view. Give it to them, loud and clear!


Recent Letters to the Editor

Letters to the editor

MORE POETRY FROM JOHN (received before dal minogue’s sent in his poetic response)

Who’s crying? Who’s given up on the fray and who’s been brought down and who’s making nonsense of the world today? Lies been raining down upon us. Life’s value has took a dive. But for those of you who see a dismal future, just remember you’re still alive. You’re still alive, you’re still al…
Letters to the editor

More disinformation

The guest editorial (Through the Portal) on EVs by Trevor Ammundsen is full of misinformation. EVs in New Zealand are not fossil fuel-powered. About 85% of our electricity is generated without any use of fossil fuels, and with several significant solar farms and further wind farms coming online,…
Letters to the editor

Kubota Fishing Competition

Well I hope now all of you who supported the MBGFC Kubota fishing competition are revelling in the millions of dollars, it supposedly brought to our once ‘sleepy little east coast fishing village’. We are now known on the world stage as the largest wild animal competition hunting field on the pla…
Letters to the editor

NEWSROOM TCDC DEBT FIGURES WRONG

A letter to the editor in The Informer Issue 19 March, cited some information in a Newsroom article that was wrong, and which Newsroom has since corrected. The Informer letter to the editor was written by Meg Beston (Not TCDC’s Fault, 19 March issue) and cited Council debt figures published in a…
Letters to the editor

Environment issues matter

The Staff of the newspaper are to be congratulated for having the courage to print an article bringing into question some aspects of the much-vaunted Kubota billfishing contest. Although the contest brings much money into parts of the community’s welcoming coffers, the reason it uses (pardon the …
Letters to the editor

Town Museum

I have been visiting Whitianga over the summer months for twenty years. Over that time, I have noticed the way the Council and others have worked hard to transform what was once a sleepy village into a small attractive town. But I am left wondering about the Museum. Although it is in a prime pos…
Letters to the editor

FREE PRESS – FREE SPEECH

Todd Stephenson pointed out on Stuff recently that when the left activists cancelled the likes of Posie Parker it would only be a matter of time before bigger, nastier bullies cancelled events they opposed (or cancelled out all opposition to those they favoured). That is why true liberals suppor…
Letters to the editor

It’s a newspaper

A newspaper such as The Informer has to rely on advertisers for income to survive. This puts the paper’s owners in a difficult situation if those advertisers wish to influence the editorial content of the paper. The cancellation of the planned second part of the article written by Shaun Lee (Unt…
Letters to the editor

Contradicting Shaun Lee’s Billfish Assertions

While we are aware that you have withdrawn the opinion piece from Shaun Lee, which expressed his concern about “a dramatic reduction in commercial swordfish landings during the last ten years,” I set out some facts which contradict his assertions. Shaun suggested that the reduction in landings w…
Letters to the editor

Editor Please Explain

Regarding the “Apology from Editor” I have just read in the 26 March 2024 edition of the Informer: I had to read the article twice because I was certain I must have misunderstood.