"Our city is made up of a tremendous number of organisations, whether they are business or sports groups or residents associations or ethnic organisations. They all play an important role," says Mayor Celia Wade-Brown.
"The best way for the Council to engage is to sit down and really listen to them to learn about their goals and their aspirations for the city."
Mayor Wade-Brown says the meetings are about more than getting to know each other.
"We know that the city is facing financial pressures and I want to use these meetings as a way to discuss with these groups how we can tackle this issue. For example, the Council is facing huge costs associated with leaky buildings."
Mayor Wade-Brown says the meetings are intended for any organisation that wants to meet with the Council and feels it has a role to play in the city's future.
"We are trialling this as a new way to engage with people. I appreciate that we won't be able to meet all groups but we hope to meet a cross-section."
Mayor Wade-Brown says there will be other opportunities in the future for people to meet with her and Councillors ? and this day is in addition to some excellent briefings for the incoming Council from social, creative and business leaders.
The meetings will take place at Te Papa on Wednesday 1 December between 9.30am and 6.30pm. Spaces are strictly limited. Interested groups should call the Council on (04) 499 4444, email firstname.lastname@example.org, or register online:
Meet the Mayor & Councillors - Registration Form