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Council Workshops

The purpose of a council workshop, briefing or presentation is to prepare our Elected Members with the background information and knowledge they need to make informed choices for the city later on.

Council Workshops

Workshops happen early in the council’s decision-making process and provide an opportunity for discussion between elected members and council staff on early drafts of policies or on proposed council projects. Workshops cannot be used to make final decisions - these can only be made at Council or Standing Committee meetings.

In 2024 the council decided to make workshops more transparent. As such they are generally open to the public, unless there is a specific legal reason to keep them closed. When that happens, the officers will explain why.

The council will also regularly release workshop material to keep everyone in the loop.

Workshops, along with relevant written material, will be available to view on this page soon.

For questions about attending council workshops or complaints regarding the administration of these sessions contact the Governance Team at

You can also contact the Office of the Ombudsman in the following ways:

Online: Complaints about government agencies | Ombudsman New Zealand

General complaints freephone: 0800 802 602


Post: The Ombudsman, PO Box 10152, Wellington 6143


Upcoming Council meetings and workshops


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