This is the last week to have your say on our draft Long
Term Plan 2015 – 2025, submissions close 5pm Friday 17
“This is a chance for people to influence the direction
Council will take and what we do over the next 10 years,”
says Mayor Meng Foon.
“Our consultation document, Tairawhiti First! 2015 –
2025 outlines the key projects and strategies Council
propose to deliver and we want to hear what the community
think of these plans,”
“Last year Council asked our community about what you
wanted for our district and we received a considerable
amount of feedback from a series of meetings and through
“People told us they wanted us to look after our
environment and improve the health of our waterways and to
continue to build more cycle and walkways,
“All while keeping rates low.
The proposed plan outlines an average 2% increase in rates
for the next 3 years, as well as changes to how rates are
Napier City Council proposes 2.9% for the next financial
year and Whakatane District Council 3.6%.
“While keeping the increases low we are still able to
accomplish a lot,” says Mayor Foon.
An average of $13 million more in funding has been allocated
to environmental projects.
“We’re proposing to restore native plants and species at
Waingake and Titirangi and allocating money now for
freshwater plan projects,”
“Overall, Council propose to put more resources towards
safeguarding our environment and people need to tell us if
they support this in the plan or not,” says Mr Foon.
A number of major capital projects are also proposed,
including the Waipaoa Flood Control Scheme, Wetlands and a
Wastewater Reduction Programme.
“We think the proposed plans show the commitment to
protecting our environment and investing in our
Walking and cycling is another major component in the plan
with more than half of submissions received supporting safer
links for travelling to school and educating children.
The plan outlines routes for completion within 6 years, 12
years and longer term.
“Our plan is a complete long term package and we’ll be
applying to NZ Transport to help us fund the routes.”
“We’re considering a junior learn to ride park and bikes
in schools programme and need to know if the community
supports our investment in these,”
Many of the major projects are significantly funded by
grants or other income.
“Over the life of the Long Term Plan $95m of Council
funding by rates, loans or reserves will be spent on our
major projects but $184m is spent on upgrading and
maintaining what we already have.”
The community can expect the similar or better levels of
service in public amenities, parks and in the city centre.
Mayor Meng Foon has been travelling the district presenting
the plan to local residents at a series of community
“The meetings give us a chance to talk about the area you
live in and what plans there are in your community and how
they fit in the bigger picture,” says Mayor Meng Foon
The last meetings are on this week at Makauri School 5.30pm
on Wednesday, Tiniroto Community Hall 5.30pm &
Waerenga-o-Kuri Hall 7pm on Friday.
Make a submission[sitetree_link,id=4194] to have your say
on what you support or oppose in the plan Read more >>
The draft Development Contributions Policy is open for
submissions in the draft Long Term Plan.
“Under the draft policy we will continue to charge new
development, new houses and new or bigger commercial and
industrial buildings, to fund additional infrastructure
needed to support that development,” says special projects
manager Kim Smith.
“Currently all serviced areas pay the same uniform
contribution rates, but the draft policy has 3 important
“We are considering changes to the way charging areas are
mapped, and reducing charges in the middle of the city where
little additional infrastructure is needed.
But would increase charges at the fringe of the city such as
the Taruheru Block, Lytton West area and for industrial land
around Aerodrome Road, Dunstan Road and MacDonald Road."
Currently it costs nearly $7,500 (excl GST) for each new
house that receives all services including water,
wastewater, stormwater, reserves and land transport.
Under the revised mapping system the figure would drop to
just under $4000 for the middle of the city but increase in
fringe areas like the Taruheru Block (over $15,000) and the
Western industrial and Areodrome Road areas (nearly
“The changes to the policy better directs the cost of new
infrastructure to those that will use it.
“We would welcome feedback on these options.”
Developments outside the Gisborne urban area will no longer
have to pay development contributions - currently they pay
contributions for land transport.
A process is also proposed for considering requests for
remissions for development activities that provide benefits
to the public.
Read more about the proposed
changes[sitetree_link,id=4194#UDS] to the
policy. Submissions close 5pm Friday 17 April 2015. Read more >>
Pine harvesting on Titirangi Reserve, Kaiti Hill has begun
but members of the public are not following road closure
safety measures despite warning signage, cordon tape and
“The walking tracks are still open and accessible from the
port side of the hill,” says acting planning and
development manager Geoff Canham,
“But the road is closed to the public for their safety.”
A number of pedestrians have slipped past roaming security
and traffic control since the road access at Queens Road and
Titirangi Drive were closed on Wednesday.
“Machinery, trucks and tree felling can present a danger
and we need to make sure people are being safe.”
“Anyone using the walking tracks needs to refrain from
going onto the roadway,” says Mr Canham.
“If we are still seeing people using the road going into
the weekend we may need to close the reserve to the public
“The closure is only in place until harvesting is
completed in about 3 weeks’ time, this is much less time
the 6 weeks we originally planned for,
“We ask for patience and cooperation from people using the
tracks. The reserve will be fully open again as soon as
Harvesting is due to be complete by Friday 1 May.
Here's more information about the harvest or restoration
project[sitetree_link,id=4024] Read more >>
The solider will return to his vantage point on top of the
Cenotaph tomorrow Friday 10 April, with a blessing at 10am
– weather permitting.
“The public are welcome to attend the blessing and watch
as the solider is re-positioned back on top,” says project
manager Kylie Cranston.
A crane will be onsite from 8.30am for the soldier to be
loaded and raised into position within a secure cage to
protect the soldier and line up the fixtures.
New foundations have been installed and the plinth was
straightened and strengthened with corrosion proof mateen
framing from Pultron Composites to give the soldier a
Once the cage is removed, the statue will be connected with
shaft rods and then bolted to the internal steel frame.
The reinstatement of the soldier is the last piece of the
Work is on track to be completed ready in time to celebrate
the centenary of the Anzac landings in Gallipoli on Saturday
“Landscaping work is also underway which includes, new
lighting, new pavers and bollards and adjoining a new
riverside cycle and walkway,” says Ms Cranston.
The Cenotaph was unveiled on the same day in 1923 to honour
our district’s servicemen who fell during the First World
War, and remains a tribute to those who’ve fought and died
in wars since. Read more >>
Results from water testing on the southern end of Wainui
Beach confirm the water is safe for swimming and surfing.
An unintentional discharge of wastewater into the Wainui
Stream on Sunday 29 March led to warning signs being placed
at the stream and beach access points advising no swimming
or gathering of food. Read more >>