Time is running out to have your say about the Unitary Plan. Send your feedback before 31st May.

Character Coalition

Character Counts


Submission time
5 weeks to go!

The Deputy Mayor has thrown down the challenge that they will make changes to the Unitary Plan if enough people give them feedback. It is essential that we all mobilise our communities to send in the feedback forms. I know several groups have organised templates for residents to add their own comments to. It would be great to hear about any other innovative ways you have thought of to make sure the Council hear loud and clear that the Unitary Plan does not achieve the results we want for character and heritage.

The Coalition will be doing a submission. What do you think are the most important points we should cover?

We have been given a tip that the earlier we get our feedback into the Council the more attention it is likely to get. There will be a rush towards the dead line of 31st May so later submissions may not be read as carefully. 

We are quoted again in this morning's Herald. Our request for the evidential background to the UP at our first meeting with the Council has never been answered.

Coalition Flyer 

We have a flyer about the Character Coalition available for member groups. On the front is the picture below and information about our aims and on the back are the Character Coalition 'bottom lines' and a list of member groups. If you would like printed copies to distribute at meetings etc please contact me 
Thanks to for the generous support with printing.


These are the forums to add your voice to (click on the links below)
Transport Blog 
Council blog
Cities Matter
Unitary Plan Submit now
Also any Herald articles about the UP have comments following them.



Thriving Neighbourhoods and Communities 

Put aside 15 minutes and listen to Jim Diers, who’s speaking on Thursday 9th May (see below),  giving a presentation  on his visit to New Zealand last year. His comments are so applicable to what’s happening now  with the Unitary Plan and the  “top down” as opposed to “bottom-up” planning.

Thursday, 9 May 2013 5:00 p.m. - Thursday, 9 May 2013 7:30 p.m.
Cost: Free
Event Address:Upper NZI Aotea Centre

Neighbours can generate tremendous power when they come together as a community.  They can influence the actions of government, developers and other external forces, and mobilise their own assets - their passion, knowledge, skills and relationships - in support of caring communities, revitalised neighbourhoods and a better world.

Jim Diers is passionate about community building, and participatory democracy has been Jim’s preoccupation, and his career, for the past 36 years. In his work with grassroots community organisations, and government and other large agencies, Jim has found ways to get more people engaged with their community and more involved in decisions that affect their lives. 


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