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Long Term Plan (LTP 21-31)

What is an LTP all about? 

The Long Term Plan (LTP) sets out our vision, direction, work plan and budgets for the next 10 years. With input from our communities, we develop a new LTP every three years. We recently adopted the LTP 2021-2031 on 28 June 2021.  

Every LTP requires a lot of love – there are multiple planning and consultation phases before a final version is adopted. We engage with a range of stakeholders, including iwi and hapuu, elected members, community groups and the wider community to ensure we capture the aspirations and needs from everyone who lives, works and plays in the Waikato district. 

Long Term Plan 2021 - 2031

What will life be like in the Waikato in 2031?

This is the question we ask every three years when we update the Long Term Plan (LTP) which sets the direction we’re heading in for the next 10 years.

The LTP describes our proposed activities across the district and outlines how the activities will be managed, delivered and funded.

The Council has now adopted the Long Term Plan 2021-31. Our vision – to create liveable, thriving and connected communities - and the following five themes are our guideposts for working with you to plan and build the district we want to have in 2031.

Our vision for the Waikato district
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Supporting our communities
Building our economy
Sustaining our environment
Working together
Value for money

Long Term Plan 2021-31 - full document

Long Term Plan - by section

An introduction to our vision and a summary of the key decisions
Financial Strategy 

The financial strategy outlines the Council’s overall approach to managing its finances. The financial strategy sets our limits on rates increases and debt, illustrates the overall financial implications of the decisions made in the LTP, and is key in demonstrating prudent financial management.

Infrastructure Strategy

The Infrastructure Strategy shows how Council plans to manage its assets prudently and sustainably through future periods of growth and other pressures. A 30-year strategy provides long-term thinking to significant decisions around investment in infrastructure.

Significant Forecasting Assumptions

Details the assumptions the Council has made that underpin the projected financial and non-financial plans in this document.

What we do

Provides information on each activity that Council undertakes and for each activity outlines the key objectives and drivers, contribution to community outcomes, key projects for the 10-year period, performance measures and financial and asset management information.


All financial statements underpinning this Long Term Plan.

Policies and plans

Council’s key policies including the:

  • Significance and Engagement policy,
  • Revenue and Financing Policy,
  • Policy on Maaori Participation in Decision Making and
  • Rate Remission and Postponement Policies.
Statement of Council-Controlled Organisations

Explains what Council’s four Council-Controlled Operations (CCOs) do, and how their performance is measured.

Audit Opinion

As required by the Local Government Act 2002, the Long Term Plan has been audited by the Office of the Auditor General.

Long Term Plan submissions, hearings, deliberations and adoption reports and minutes


Adoption of the Long Term Plan 2021-31 and Other Matters - 28 June 2021


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