Attending a meeting or hearing

All meetings of Council and its Committees are held in the Council Chambers, Te Iwitahi, 9 Rust Avenue, Whangārei.

Public engagement and participation in council decision making is welcomed and encouraged. The public gallery (Council Chambers) is open to those who wish to attend public meetings. 

Live stream and recorded videos

We recommend members of the public wishing to attend Council meetings, watch the live stream on our Facebook page. 

Our Facebook (live videos) (, may require sign-in for some features)

Our YouTube (recorded videos) (

Members of the public can't take part in the discussion but do have an opportunity to speak during public forum at the monthly meeting of Council.

Meeting and hearing dates

Council and committees meet on a recurring schedule in 2023:

  • Community Development: 3rd Thursday of each month – 11:00am
  • Council: 4th Thursday of each month – 9:00am
  • Council Briefing (Infrastructure business): 2nd Wednesday of each month – 10:30am (Exceptions are 9 February, 6 June and 14 December)
  • Council briefings and workshops: ad hoc, will be notified on this webpage
  • Finance committee: 1st Wednesday of each month – 9:00am
  • Infrastructure Committee: 2nd Thursday of each month – 9:00am
  • Risk and Audit Committee:quarterly meetings
  • Strategy, Planning and Development Committee: 3rd Thursday of each month – 9:00am
  • Te Kārearea Strategic Partnership Committee / Hui: scheduled 3rd Wednesdays

To view committee meeting times, please download the full calendar:

Council meeting calendar 2023(PDF, 167KB)

Upcoming Council meetings and hearings 2023

The public is notified of the following meetings of Council and hearings: 

Meeting or hearing Date and Time

Strategy, Planning and Development Committee

Tuesday 12 December at 9:00am

Community Development Committee

Tuesday 12 December at 11:00am

Te Kārearea Strategic Partnership Hui

Venue: Whangārei Te Renga Paraoa Marae

Wednesday 13 December at 9:00am

Infrastructure Committee

Thursday 14 December at 9:00am

Council Briefing

  • Infrastructure Business
Thursday 14 December at 10:30am

Council Briefing

  • Long Term Plan progress updates
  • Climate Change
Tuesday 19 December at 09:00am


Thursday 21 December at 9:00am

The agenda and reports will be available on this website prior to the meeting.

Agendas and minutes

Meeting dates, times and topics may change and meetings may be cancelled or added. Changes are published on this page. For confirmation, please contact us.

Contact us

Speaking at Public Forum

If you wish to speak at public forum, please contact our Senior Democracy Adviser, phone 09 430 4200 before making an application.

Download and save a copy of the application to your computer first. You can then either:

  • print it, fill it and send or deliver it to us; or
  • fill it out on your computer and save it before attaching it to an email to us.

Application form to speak at public forum(PDF, 63KB)

Council workshops

Council holds workshops regularly throughout the year which enable councillors to discuss and debate matters involving complex information in a less structured environment than a formal meeting.

No decisions are made at these workshops and as such the requirements of LGOIMA regarding public notification and access to agendas and minutes do not apply. The public are unable to attend workshops.

Council briefings

Council holds briefings throughout the year to enable councillors to find out more information and seek clarification on specific, often complex, matters. This gives councillors the opportunity to discuss these matters in depth outside of a formal meeting situation to gain greater understanding and clarity.

No decisions are made at these briefings and as such the requirements of LGOIMA regarding public notification and access to programmes and minutes do not apply; however these documents are made available to the public.

The public are able to attend briefings. 

Code of Conduct

The Elected Members' Code of Conduct provides guidelines for the expected standards of behaviour by the mayor and councillors.

Elected Members' Code of Conduct(PDF, 811KB)

Standing orders

Standing orders contain rules for the conduct of the proceedings of local authorities, committees, subcommittees and subordinate decision-making bodies, and local and community boards.

Their purpose is to enable local authorities to exercise their decision-making responsibilities in a transparent, inclusive and lawful manner.

Standing orders(PDF, 849KB)