Plan input wanted

by Sam Broughton

Kia ora. I trust you have had a wonderful start to the new year — enjoying time with your family and friends, and finding spots to cool off in the warm weather.

I know for many of us, these summer months have been very busy as crops are harvested and farm setups are reconfigured for irrigation.

There are also many national and international visitors travelling around Selwyn adding to the people we share our district with.

Where do you think our permanent Selwyn population sits in size, with regards to other territorial authorities in the South Island? Would you guess we are eighth largest, or perhaps sixth?

Growing up I was always interested in maps, population and geography. The South Island was made up of our big cities, Christchurch and Dunedin, along with other large centres in Nelson, Timaru, Invercargill, Blenheim, and Queenstown.

Over the last a few months Statistics New Zealand has updated their population estimates. Selwyn now has over 59,000 residents and this got me wondering about where we sit alongside other districts.

Knowing where we sit is important for a couple of reasons:

Any plans we make have a starting point with a realistic view of where we are today; and

Our size affects our influence, and there are many national matters where our influence needs to be lifted.

Selwyn has the third largest population in the South Island along with Waimakariri District. Invercargill has 54,000 people; Tasman District has 51,000; Nelson City 51,000; Timaru District 47,100; Marlborough District 41,000; Queenstown Lakes District 37,000.

In April, the Selwyn District Council will release our plan for the next 10 years and we would like you to get involved by telling us whether or not we are heading in the right direction.

Let us know how our council should support our Selwyn community of 59,000 wonderful people.