Whanganui district councillors will consider a "business friendly" policy when they meet later this month.

The policy has been drawn up by council officers but has also involved extensive consultation with the business community.

Charlotte Almond, council's general manager strategy, said the new policy aims to assist council to enhance and strengthen its current business friendly approach when interacting with customers.

"It will also help to ensure consistency and better access for customers to information," Ms Almond said.


The policy was developed in line with Local Government New Zealand's business friendly councils guidelines. Those guidelines include building relationships and partnerships, identifying local challenges and local business needs, provide certainty and clarity for business decision-making, be proactive and look for opportunities to support businesses and be able to respond rapidly and flexibly to business after major emergencies.

Ms Almond said the policy will address issues raised in specific areas of the council's activities, from feedback received through various customer surveys along with recommendations from local businesses and Business Whanganui.

"To help us tailor the policy to our community, a survey about the policy was sent to 828 contacts on Whanganui and Partners' economic newsletter database. The database includes Whanganui businesses and people with business associations in Whanganui," she said.

The draft policy is due to be presented at council's next meeting on August 23-24.