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Arataki Community Liaison Group

The Arataki Community Liaison Group (ACLG) provides a forum where matters of community interest or concern can be discussed about projects impacting the Arataki area.

The ACLG is designed to help the community draw out issues and opportunities about council and government projects happening in the area. It is not a decision-making body.

This approach is all about bringing multiple perspectives to the table, so that the community, stakeholders, and decision-makers better understand each other and work together to find solutions.

New members of the ACLG

After receiving some excellent applications from very highly skilled and passionate community members, the following 12 individuals were selected as being able to most suitable to represent the diverse communities within Arataki:

  • Ian Armstrong
  • Stephen Bird
  • Shelley Blakey
  • Megan Clarkin
  • David Henderson
  • Karen Laidlaw
  • Janie de Malmanche
  • Jill Parsons
  • Sophie Te Moni
  • Linda Thompson
  • John Waretini
  • Jo Wills

We also have great support from mana whenua, who will be crucial to helping us reach out to our communities and share valuable insight.

Workshop

A facilitated workshop was held on Tuesday, 27 October 2020 where our new members of the ACLG were able to meet each other and talk about how the new group will operate.

They agreed on some principles to work by which will help them develop supportive and respectful relationships within the group and with other service delivery agencies.

There was a general consensus around the benefits of listening to the community early and using that local insight to help influence to decision-making. The finer details around exactly how this will happen will be discussed at the ACLG’s very first meeting on Tuesday, 1 December 2020.

Staff from TCC and other service delivery agencies are going to be presenting a summary to the ACLG of what projects will be impacting the Arataki area over the next 10 years, as well as a brief update on what works have been completed in recent times. This will help the group to understand what the initial focus of their first few meetings will be on.

If you would like to stay up to date with what is being discussed at the ACLG meetings, you can sign up to the Arataki E-newsletter or get in touch with one of the members on this Group so they can share your views.

Expression of interest process

Applications for expressions of interest closed on 9 October 2020. We received 20 applications from members of the community and want to thank all of you who took the time to submit an application.

Background

Over the last 10 years, Arataki has transformed considerably. Bayfair has expanded, the population has grown with people moving to the Bay of Plenty and recent Bayfair to Baypark/State Highway 2 improvements have increased the volume of traffic passing through this area significantly.

These challenges have affected the community of Arataki and those who visit the area. We plan to deliver transport infrastructure that will support this growth by improving safety, convenience and journey times for people walking, biking, using mobility scooters and taking the bus.

Tauranga City Council, Bay of Plenty Regional Council and Waka Kotahi NZ Transport Agency have projects underway to improve the transport network in Arataki and Tauranga as a whole. Within this programme, the Arataki bus facility is one of the key projects with an aim to provide a safe, attractive and functional space for people to access public transport.

On 21 July 2020, the Urban Form and Transport Committee received a report on the Arataki bus facility. A resolution was made to “Engage with a joint stakeholder reference group and broader community on the multi-modal options and their implications for transport facilities in the Arataki area”. The Arataki Community Liaison Group will be the platform for these discussions. 

Helpful links

To receive quarterly updates on what is happening in the Arataki area, click the link below. 

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Timeline

  • September 2020
    Panel established to consider expressions of interest

    Open to receive expressions of interest from the public (28 Sep)
  • 9 October 2020
    Period to review expressions of interest closes
  • 19 October 2020
    Applications are reviewed and successful candidates are notified
  • 27 October 2020
    Facilitated workshop held for members
  • 1 December 2020
    ACLG has first meeting

FAQs

On 21 July 2020, the Urban Form and Transport Committee received a report on the Arataki bus facility. A resolution was made to “Engage with a joint stakeholder reference group and broader community on the multi-modal options and their implications for transport facilities in the Arataki area”. The Arataki Community Liaison Group was formed to provide a different lense of matters impacting the Arataki area.

The ACLG will not be the only link to the community and your local Councillors and the TCC Customer Services Team are still the best way to share your views. This group will be an additional method of connecting with the community.

While the ACLG are still refining their operational details, the meetings will be transparent and the topics for discussion will be shared.

If you would like to present at one of the meetings held by the ACLG, please contact us on haveyoursay@tauranga.govt.nz. We will be providing updates on the topics discussed at each meeting in the Arataki e-newsletter. If you have not already, you can subscribe to the e-newsletter now. 

This is a pilot group which we will be reassessing after 12 months.

In this context, Arataki is considered to be the geographical area within the boundary of Golf Road to Sandhurst Drive and Maunganui Road/SH2 to Oceanbeach Road. Note: click the image below to view it in a larger size.

Arataki area map

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