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August 2018 Horizontal Infrastructure Rebuild update
17 Aug 2018

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Over the next few months,  we expect to make significant progress on several of our infrastructure rebuild projects.

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Road maintenance
15 Aug 2018

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Our road network includes 84 km of sealed roads, 101 km of unsealed roads, 37 km of footpaths and 43 bridges. As part of the ongoing SH1 restoration work, the Inland Road is being maintained by NZTA.

Council is working hard to improve the way we maintain our roads. This includes signing a new road maintenance contract through NZTA with Downer in July 2018 and increasing Council's roading budget by $200,000 so that we have the money we need to do the work our ratepayers expect. We will soon be recruiting for a Roading Engineer to help us better manage roading contracts and inspections. 

In 2017/18 there were several large storms that damaged parts of the network. The final cost of repairing road damage from these events was $425,000. This had to be funded from a total roading maintenance budget of $968,000. As a result, a large part of the annual road maintenance programme had to be deferred, leading to poor condition of some roads with no reseals, pavement renewals or drainage renewals being undertaken during the year. Following these storm events and other anomalies Council worked closely with NZTA and managed to secure an additional $131,977 of funding for the 2017/18 year, helping reduce the cost to our ratepayers. 

Since taking over the roading contract from HEB in July, Downer have inspected the majority of the network. The new contract includes a six month transition period to allow Downer and Council to work together to plan the work required to bring the network up to an acceptable standard. This will include agreeing how the roading work will be measured and checked. An update will be available January 2019 after this transition period ends. 

In the meantime, more information can be found through the monthly Council 'Works and Services' Comittee papers.

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15 Aug 2018

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Improvements begin to Council 'Complaints, Feedback and Requests for Service' Process


We know residents and ratepayers want us to improve the way we handle requests for service, complaints and feedback. Right now you have the chance to tell us what you’d like to see.

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Consultation on banning single use plastic bags
13 Aug 2018

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The Government is proposing to phase out single-use plastic shopping bags in New Zealand as one step to reduce the negative environmental impacts of plastic waste.

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Rates help 2018/19
12 Aug 2018

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Two ways eligible ratepayers can reduce their rates bill in 2018/19.

Rates Rebates

Those with low incomes may qualify for money off their rates bill through government rates rebates. For rates rebates, the paperwork is done by Council then Council deducts the amount of your rebate from your rates bill. if you've already paid your rates we'll give you a refund.

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Fees and Charges
7 Aug 2018

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All Councils fees and charges, including charges at Innovative Waste (IWK), were reviewed as part of the 3 Year Plan. Where needed, they were changed to make sure that charges cover the cost of the service.

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Maidens and Misters for a night of Matariki fun!
4 Aug 2018

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The clock struck 7.30pm and the belles of the ball ascended the steps of Memorial Hall, ready to have the night of their lives. 

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Changes to the building code restricting the use of combustible cladding
3 Aug 2018

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Following a number of high profile fires involving combustible, polyethylene core aluminium composite panels (ACPs) that were used as external cladding, changes have now been made to the NZ Building Code Acceptable Solutions for Protection from Fire to restrict the use of combustible cladding on buildings above three storeys. 

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Boil Water Notices
2 Aug 2018

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Boil Water Notice Lifted for Peketa August 2nd

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Earthquake Insurance FAQs
1 Aug 2018

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This page contains links to helpful information about insurance claims relating to earthquake damage here in Kaikōura. 

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