Attending a meeting or hearing

l meetings of Council and its Committees are held in the Council Chambers, Forum North, 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.

However, due to number restrictions on our approved Fire and Evacuation scheme at Forum North, only 30 (approximately) members of the public are able to physically attend council meetings in the Chamber. Attendance is managed on a first come, first served basis. 

Note: Due to Covid-19 social distancing rules, the Council meeting on Thursday 23 September and extraordinary Council meeting (Three Waters) on Monday 27 September will be closed to the public. Instead the meetings will be livestreamed on our Council Facebook page .

Our Facebook (live videos)

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 2021:

  • Council: 4th Thursday of each month 9:00am
  • Infrastructure Committee: 2nd Thursday of each month – 9:00am
  • Council Briefings / Workshops: 2nd Thursday of each month – 10:30am
  • Strategy, Planning and Development Committee: 3rd Thursday of each month – 9:00am
  • Community Development: 3rd Thursday of each month – 11:00am

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

Council Meeting Calendar 2021(PDF, 59KB)

Upcoming Council meetings and hearings 2021

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

Meeting or hearing Date and time

Risk and Audit Committee

Wednesday 22 September at 9:00am


Thursday 23 September at 9:00am

Extra ordinary Council Meeting
Three Waters Reform

Monday, 27 September at 11:00am

Plan Change 150 Hearings

to be held at Comfort Hotel Flames - 8 Waverley Street, Whangārei

Wednesday 27 to Friday 29 October from 9:00am to 3:00pm

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, 458KB)