Draft Public Art Policy 2024

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Public art contributes to the vibrancy of our district and the wellbeing of our communities. It expresses and supports a sense of neighbourhood history, culture, and identity, and helps drive economic vitality.

We have had kōrero with tangata whenua and community groups involved in public art to help understand how the current policy works in practice and what changes are required. This feedback informed the development of the draft Public Art Policy.

Tell us what you think. Your feedback on this policy will help guide how public art is delivered with and for our community.

What are the proposed

Public art contributes to the vibrancy of our district and the wellbeing of our communities. It expresses and supports a sense of neighbourhood history, culture, and identity, and helps drive economic vitality.

We have had kōrero with tangata whenua and community groups involved in public art to help understand how the current policy works in practice and what changes are required. This feedback informed the development of the draft Public Art Policy.

Tell us what you think. Your feedback on this policy will help guide how public art is delivered with and for our community.

What are the proposed changes?

Public Art definitions

We have included definitions of what public art is and the difference between permanent and temporary public art. The 2009 policy did not have these definitions in place.

Objectives and outcomes

The objectives and outcomes have been refined to clearly outline the type of public art we would like to see, what public art can do for our community and the longer-term outcomes we would like to see from Council’s involvement in public art.

Cultural values

We have identified the important role that public art can play in promoting and celebrating Māori cultural identity.

We want to encourage public art that includes input from mana whenua and that aims to foster awareness, understanding and knowledge of local Māori whakapapa and history. We have included a requirement to engage with mana whenua on public art initiatives.

Roles and responsibilities

The key piece of feedback we received from our initial engagement was the need to provide clarity on roles and responsibilities from delivery of public art.

A new section is included in the draft Public Art Policy that outlines roles and responsibilities for Council initiated public art and roles and responsibilities for community initiated public art.

Kōrero with us.

Online, wānanga ipurangi.

Fill out our feedback from below.

Hard copy, pepa mārō.

Available at all Western Bay Library and Service Centres and Barkes Corner Head Office.

In Person, ā kanohi

If you would like to provide your feedback to Council in person, please contact haveyoursay@westernbay.govt.nz by 30 April 2024 to secure a timeslot.


Feedback closes 5pm, Tuesday 30 April.