Public Forums, Deputations and Petitions

​​Council is using Zoom and Facebook to allow people to watch (and take part) in all of our public meetings.

People are still able to make a deputation or petition in an online Public Forum section at the start of the meeting.

If you wish to do this please contact our Governance Offic​er beforehand.

Public Attendance at Meetings

Members of the public and Press are welcome to attend the public parts of meetings. Following normal meetings, any public-excluded business will be attended to and the public and the Press are requested to leave the meeting.

Members of the public are not permitted to speak at any time during meetings, unless invited to do so by the Chairperson.

Public Forum

A Public Forum is scheduled at the beginning of each Council, Community Board and Ward Committee meeting.

Permission from the Chairperson is required for anyone wishing to speak.  Speakers may have the floor for up to 5 minutes.


Deputations may be received by the local authority or any of its committees, provided an application setting out the subject has been lodged at least two working days before the meeting and has been approved by the Chairperson.

No more than two members of the deputation may address the meeting (ten minute limit total).


Every petition must be less than 50 words (not including signatories) and not be disrespectul, use offensive language or include malicious statements.

Five minutes speaking time will apply.

PowerPoint Presentations

PowerPoint presentations must be delivered or emailed to Council's Governance Officer at least two days before the meeting.  This is to allow time for the data to be virus-checked and loaded onto Council's computer system, ready for use.

Note that the projector in the Taumarunui Council Chamber is rear-mounted and laser pointers do not usually work on it.  The Ohakune Council Chamber projector is not rear mounted.

Page reviewed: 19 Apr 2021 11:01am