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Annual PlansNgā mahere ā-tau

Every year we plan ahead for the coming twelve months – this is our Annual Plan. This outlines the major activities we are undertaking (as forecast in the Long Term Plan), and how these will be budgeted for.Under the Local Government Act 2002,

Copy of feed drought32020-21 Annual Plan Public Consultation

Consultation started on 8 June and closed on 28 June 2020.

You can view the consultation document and supporting information on our consultation website here or by clicking on the image or the link below.

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Here are the submissions received for the Annual Plan consultation:

Submissions received for 20-21 Annual Plan

Social Media feedback received:

Social Media feedback for 20-21 Annual Plan


 2019-20 Annual Plan

Here is the current Annual Plan, adopted 26 June 2019.

2019-20 Annual Plan

You can find our Long Term Plans here

About the Annual Plan

Under the Local Government Act 2002, Hawke’s Bay Regional Council is required to produce an Annual Plan each year. This Annual Plan outlines how your rates are going to be spent that year and any variances from our Long Term Plan forecasts. A Long Term Plan is a ten year plan that is reviewed and adopted every three years. It forecasts what key activities and spend may be required for the years ahead – so the Annual Plan will reflect any exceptions from these forecasts. In the years when we produce a Long Term Plan, this also doubles as the Annual Plan for that year


Every three years – part way through each election term – council is required to develop and adopt a Long Term Plan. In the years between Long Term Plans, Annual Plans are produced that outline any changes to the budget. 

At the end of each year, an Annual Report and Summary Annual Report let the community know about what’s been achieved and how we have performed, as well as anything that hasn’t quite gone to plan or anything unexpected that's come up.

Annual Plans are produced for the years between long-term plans. Annual Plans give us the opportunity to refresh information and budgets for the coming year, and include the setting of rates.

A series of amendments were made to the Local Government Act 2002 (the Act) in 2014 to encourage new ways of consulting and communicating with the community.

One of these amendments removed the requirements for Councils to formally consult “if there are no significant or material differences” between the financials and service levels to what was forecast in the relevant years of the LTP. This now makes formal consultation on proposed Annual Plans exceptions based.

An Annual Plan that includes an overview of any minor changes in costs (along with all other information required under Part 2 of Schedule 10 of the Act) must still be prepared and adopted by council resolution before 30 June.

 Council’s Significance and Engagement Policy is the primary tool to determine the significance of Regional Council decisions and give clarity on when to engage.

As outlined in the policy, significant means that the issue, proposal, decision or other matter is judged by Council to have a high degree of importance. This is typically when the impact is on the regional community, or a large portion of the community or where the financial consequences of a decision are substantial.

Consultation involves receiving and formally evaluating public feedback on proposals. Consultation is a particular approach to engagement.

The Council will consult with the community about significant decisions following principles in Section 82 of the Local Government Act. The Council can decide to consult at any time on a decision, where it considers this to be appropriate. For Council decisions, there is no express requirement to consult the public in a particular way, but we usually do so considering people’s views and preferences.

Engagement is a broad and ongoing process of sharing information with the community and gaining feedback, with the purpose of involving the community in the process of decision making. This may or may not include formal elements of a consultation process.


The Long Term Plan describes the community outcomes the council aims to achieve, and the activities it will fund, to achieve those outcomes over a ten year period.

The LTP describes these impacts in financial and non-financial terms, through financial statements and the resulting changes to rates and debt. The non-financial terms are mainly the performance measures relating to the levels of service. 

It’s important to remember that the LTP is a ten year forecast and the actual results may vary – these variances will be reflected in the Annual Report each year.


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