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Frequently Asked Questions

Why are you running a World Café?

The World Café is an exciting opportunity for us to sit down together to share knowledge, collaborate and generate ideas on complex issues such as growth, housing and the economy as we continue to develop our community spatial plan.

These are areas where, although we received lots of feedback on them from our communities earlier this year, there are still some unanswered questions that we would like to work through before we progress with this important plan.

What will you be asking?

We’ll be discussing topics including growth, housing, the economy and parks and public facilities at the World Café and working through possible solutions to questions like: ‘How can our villages continue to grow while keeping their rural character?’.

How will people be selected? (further information)

We’re developing a selection criteria which considers both the current and the future demographics of Waipā and outlines the representation we would need of each group (age, ethnicity, geographic location etc.) to represent our future Waipā. Using this criteria, we’ll work alongside our project partner, the University of Waikato, to select 40-45 participants to participate in the World Café. When we go through the selection process, all personal details, such as names, email addresses and phone numbers will be removed so that it is completely anonymous.  

I want to be involved but can’t make these dates. Can I still participate?

To make the most of this process, it is important you attend at least three of the four the workshops. If you are not able to make it to most of them, it is unlikely you’ll be able to participate in the World Café. However, you’ll still have the opportunity to have your say on the spatial plan later in the project before it is finalised.

What if I sign-up but am not selected?

If you sign-up but are not selected for this group, you’ll still have the opportunity in later stages of the project to have your say before it is finalised in 2024. Keep an eye on our website for updates or sign-up to our community e-newsletter to stay up to date (link).

What if I don’t know much about the project and I am selected?

Not a problem, we’ll have experts at each of our workshops who will be able to help answer any questions you may have and shed light on some of the more complex issues our district is facing in the future. We’ll also hold one on-boarding workshop and provide workshop material so you can come well briefed on the project.

What happens if not enough people sign-up to take part?

We’ll be reaching out to community groups, marae and schools within our district and asking them to spread the word and encourage people to sign-up. We’ll need the support of everyone in our community to make this a success so if you or anyone else you know may be interested in taking part, let us know and we’ll be in touch.