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Annual Plan 2022-23
18 May 2022

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In 2021 we consulted the community on our 10-Year Long Term Plan (2021-2031). We received your feedback on the key proposals and developed the final plan.  To deliver that 10 year programme the average rates increase for the 2022 financial year was 5.4%, with an average increase of 3.3% forecast over the 10 years.
 

What have we been doing

- We have been busy delivering year one of the Plan

What's next

- Year two commences on 1 July 2022

- We need to approve an Annual Plan for 2022-23 (Year 2)


Doing what we said we would do... 2021-22

 

  • Roads - The Long Term Plan (LTP) set out $4.99million over 6 years to clear a backlog of work – mainly road reseals and renewals in rural areas. We have completed $1.56 million worth of reseals and renewals so far this financial year (to end of March).
  • Footpaths - We increased the maintenance budget and look forward to next year’s extra $100,000 per year for the rest of the LTP to upgrade our footpaths.
  • Urban Rubbish Collection - The fortnightly rubbish collection has been implemented –100% user paid through bag purchases.
  • Tourism & Business Support - We have kept the grant to Destination Kaikōura at $225,000 to assist with the work needed to bring visitors to Kaikōura, as our businesses and jobs have been challenged by Covid-19.
  • District Plan Review - We have done well with the actions for year 1 of the review of the outdated District Plan (costing $2.25 million over 9 years) 

 Do what we say we are going to do... 2022-23

  • Extra $100,000 of footpath upgrades
  • Develop the Link Pathway
  • Review core sections of the District Plan
  • Progressing the Waiau Toa/Clarence Valley access project
  • Finish Waste Transfer Station
  • Start development of Wakatu Quay
  • $740k more on road reseals backlog
  • Undertake a Rating Review

 

Next Steps: Draft Annual Plan to Council 25 May and final to be adopted 29 June

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Kaikōura Marine Development Programme Wakatu Quay Update
4 Apr 2022

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Kaikōura District Council is pleased the government funded Wakatu Quay project is continuing to make progress with the selection of a development partner to help work on the development.


The design and construction of the Wakatu Quay redevelopment is being funded through a $9.88 million grant from the Provincial Growth Fund and the project is being managed by the government’s regional economic growth unit, Kānoa - RDU.


Situated on a prime wharf location in Kaikōura, Wakatu Quay has some of the best views in the area and when completed, the project is envisioned to provide a place of interconnected hospitality, tourism and activity.


The prominent architectural firm Warren and Mahoney has designed a set of buildings to reflect a small ‘village’, with each referencing the nautical look of ships and boat hulls.


It will be accessible to all and celebrate the best the region has to offer.
The project includes extensive landscaping and plantings appropriate for the environment along with necessary upgrades to roading and carparks.


Kaikōura District Council and Kaikōura Marine Development Programme say the Wakatu Quay project will have a significant positive impact on the local and regional community both socially and economically.


Kaikōura District Council’s infrastructure upgrade programme, commencing this autumn, will include water supply and utilities servicing Wakatu Quay.
Kaikoura Marine Development Programme and Kaikoura District Council are pleased to advise they have selected Cooper Developments to work together to progress the potential opportunities of the site and commercial aspects of the development.

Kaikōura District mayor Craig Mackle is welcoming the selection of Cooper Developments. This investigation process will take place over the next three months.

‘’As a Council we are very excited about the next steps for the project and building a relationship with the Cooper team,’’ Craig Mackle says.

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Kaikōura Resource Recovery Centre – Project Update
1 Apr 2022

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The first stage of the new Kaikōura Resource Recovery Centre is due to commence next week.

Initial works will focus on the construction of the access road into the site. This road will utilise the existing entrance to the freedom camping area (with some widening) and will run alongside the BMX pump track at the beginning of the access road.

The public are advised that access to the BMX track may be restricted during construction while heavy machinery is operating. Council would like to reassure the public that the BMX track will remain in place for the community to enjoy and that access will be reinstated once the road works are completed.

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Redevelopment of Resource Recovery Centre
28 Mar 2022

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Redevelopment of Resource Recovery Centre

Works have recently commenced on a redevelopment of the Kaikōura Resource Recovery Centre (‘RRC’) which is operated by Innovative Waste Kaikōura (IWK).

 

The entire RRC is to be relocated to the east over previously landfilled areas and will include a refuse transfer station that will be utilised following the closure of the Kaikōura Landfill in mid-2022. The landfill is being closed because it is approaching the limits of its capacity and further depositing of refuse there will have increasingly adverse environmental effects. As from 1 July 2022 all refuse from Kaikōura will be transported to the Kate Valley landfill near Waipara for disposal.

A new access road for the RRC will be constructed off Scarborough Street, with the existing RRC site becoming the contractor’s yard for IWK’s 3 waters activities. The general layout of the former landfill site after the landfill is closed and the layout of the reconfigured RRC are shown in the following figures. A number of buildings from the existing RRC site will be shifted to new locations, and a new recycling shop will be formed using containers.

The RRC redevelopment is a substantial and rather complex project that needs to be conducted on a working operational site and whilst IWK and KDC will endeavour to minimise disruption, it is almost inevitable that there will be some periods during which the normal services provided by the RRC will be compromised. The patience of RRC customers during the works would therefore be appreciated.

It should also be noted that certain permanent service changes may occur following the commencement of refuse transfer operations. One such change is that offal holes will not be provided, and customers will need to make other arrangements for disposal of carcasses.

Contract works are expected to commence in the very near future, and a key target is for the refuse transfer station to be functional by 1 July 2022. Some of the finishing works – in particular the sealing of pavements – are however likely to be delayed until the 2022/23 financial year.

 

Image 1. Proposed use of former landfill site after landfill closure

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Image 2. Resource Recovery Centre Reconfiguration

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Image 3. Community outcomes supported.

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Boil Water Notice - Kincaid Water Scheme
22 Mar 2022

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This is a precautionary boil water notice for Kincaid water scheme users. The notice is in place until 8 AM Monday 4 April.  The date will be reassessed after further water testing.

People using this water supply should boil water for at least 1 minute before use.  This includes water for:

  • Drinking
  • Cooking
  • Making ice
  • Brushing teeth
  • Washing dishes

There may be others you know who also need to be aware of this information.  Please can you pass this on to them.  

 

The reason for the notice is that there has been a malfunction in the Kincaid ultraviolet light (UV) disinfection unit that provides an initial  barrier against any protozoa (giardia and cryptosporidium). Repair is expected to be completed PM Wednesday 23 March. The chlorination rate has been increased and any health risks are low.  Council will continue testing and users will be updated as soon as possible

If there are any queries or concerns please contact Council at 03 319 5026

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Have your say! Fill out the 2021/22 Kaikoura District Council Resident Survey
3 Mar 2022

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If you haven't already completed the independently run 2021/22 Kaikoura District Council Resident Survey please take the opportunity now to have your say and provide feedback across a range of services and facilities both council and community run.

 

 

Your opinion matters, tell us what you think!

You have until the 14th March to submit online.

https://www.research.net/r/sil-2021KDC

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From the Mayor - 24 Feb 22
24 Feb 2022

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Mayoral Column 24 Feb 2022

 

Finally, some good weather after what was the wettest February I’ve seen in Kaikōura in ages!

Last Saturday (19th Feb) I was part of the official opening for the Kaikōura Motor Home Association Camp. After 5 attempts since December 2019 due to covid we got there!

 

Covid restrictions canned the original Kaikōura Pig & Stag Hunt too but some people felt the event needed to go on for charities sake! So, it’s back and we’ve been overwhelmed with generosity from sponsors. We are talking spot prizes like thermal night vision, hunting flights, set of 4 new mud tires and plus big prize money! Huge shout out to all the local businesses and individuals that have donated.

All proceeds are going to Kaikōura St Johns and to drum up entries we’ve made it you don’t even have to hunt to win the spot prizes - just enter the competition! Look us up on Facebook or pop into Hunting & Fishing Kaikōura, Farmlands Kaikōura, Waiau Dairy or Sefton Garage-North Canterbury for entry forms.

 

Kaikōura Seaweek is kicking off Saturday 5th March 10am at the Old Wharf with activities such as snorkeling, a traditional cooking show, documentary nights and a BBQ after a beach clean-up all on offer to our community for free! Keep your eyes open for more information.

 

For those interested in following Communities 4 Local Democracy – the group challenging the Governments proposed confiscation of assets under the 3 waters movement you can follow progress on our website.

 

Just like the game of thrones promise that winter is coming - so is Covid to our town.

Kaikōura Health are well prepared to deal with those that require emergency care due to covid however, most people will just be able to self-isolate and fully recover at home.

You can be prepared by having a whānau plan for your home or farm if your entire household needs to stay home. How you will get food and supplies and who will look after those that are dependent on you if you must go to hospital including animals are just a few of the things to consider.

Stay safe, be kind and if you know of a vulnerable person – make sure you have a non-contact way to check on them.

Craig Mackle

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Kerbside Food Waste Service Change
21 Feb 2022

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In early 2021 Kaikōura District Council made a decision that the kerbside collection of food waste in the Kaikōura urban community should reduce from weekly to fortnightly. This change was intended to take effect from the start of Council’s new solid waste services contract with Innovative Waste Kaikōura (IWK) which commenced on 1 October 2021, and the community was advised of this as part of the 2021-23 Long Term Plan process. There has been some delay on the part of IWK in implementing these changes, but the reduced services will now take effect from 1 March 2022. From this date the kerbside food waste service in Kaikōura will become fortnightly, on the same day as the refuse collection.

 

Click here for IWK's collection calendar 

 

 

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Targeted weed control using helicopters for aerial spraying starting 21 February
21 Feb 2022

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WHAT: ECan are starting their targeted weed control programme in February using helicopters for aerial spraying.

 

WHERE: Detailed maps are available on their website for the following locations:

•Kowhai River

•North Opuha River

•Lower Hurunui River

•Tengawai River

•Mason River and Waiau Uwha River

•Orari River

•Ashley River/Rakahuri

•Opihi River

•Waimakariri River

•Rangitata River

•Rakaia River

•Waitaki River, Pukaki Tekapō and Ohau rivers

 

WHEN: Starting the week of 21 February until about mid-March, as weather permits

 

ECan will be surveying the rivers first to identify islands in the riverbed that require weed control and then spraying targeted weed species (specifically willows, gorse, alder, poplar, broom, and lupins) growing on these particular islands. Signage indicating that spraying is underway will be placed at all refilling spray operation areas and at public access points on the river. Public access will be restricted during operations.

 

Why do we control weed in the riverbed?

Healthy waterways are central to a healthy environment. Our rivers are important places of cultural and ecological significance ki uta ki tai/from the mountains to the sea. However, our waterways are vulnerable to harmful weed infestations, so we need to manage weeds for flood control and biodiversity protection. Left unchecked, invasive weeds in these areas are a significant flood risk.

Environment Canterbury staff and contractors carry out weed control measures in the open riverbed to help flood flows pass through, and to enhance biodiversity values. Left unchecked the vegetation is a flood risk, occupying the channel and forcing flood waters towards farmland and riverside communities. Weed growth can also contribute to the loss of aquatic habitats and nesting areas for native birds. 

What chemicals do we use for targeted weed control?

Environment Canterbury uses herbicides (glyphosate and triclopyr) under strict controls to control weed growth in riverbeds and berms under the terms of Resource Consent CRC981580. We also use a surfactant that helps the herbicide ‘stick’ to plants thereby reducing the amount required.

Glyphosate is widely used in New Zealand and other countries as a general-purpose herbicide, it is regulated in New Zealand by the NZ Environmental Protection Authority (EPA) and there are laws around its use. Products containing glyphosate are considered safe, provided the safety instructions on the product labels are followed. The EPA’s statement about glyphosate, as well as a fact sheet and information about how glyphosate is regulated in New Zealand is available here.

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For any enquiries about spray operations please contact:

Sam Hurley | Regional Lead – River Operations

Email:                        Sam.Hurley@ecan.govt.nz

MOB:                        027 232 4516

 

 

ecan.govt.nz/flood-works

ecan.govt.nz/weedcontrol

 

WHAT:                 We are starting our targeted weed control programme in February using helicopters for aerial
spraying.

WHERE:                 Detailed maps will be available on our website shortly for the following locations:

·         Kowhai River

·         North Opuha River

·         Lower Hurunui River

·         Tengawai River

·         Mason River and Waiau Uwha River

·         Orari River

·         Ashley River/Rakahuri

·         Opihi River

·         Waimakariri River

·         Rangitata River

·         Rakaia River

·         Waitaki River, Pukaki Tekapō and Ohau rivers

 

WHEN:                 Starting the week of 21 February until about mid-March, as weather permits

 

We will be surveying the rivers first to identify islands in the riverbed that require weed control and then spraying targeted weed species (specifically willows, gorse, alder, poplar, broom, and lupins) growing on these particular islands. Signage indicating that spraying is underway will be placed at all refilling spray operation areas and at public access points on the river. Public access will be restricted during operations.

·         Why do we control weed in the riverbed?

Healthy waterways are central to a healthy environment. Our rivers are important places of cultural and ecological significance ki uta ki tai/from the mountains to the sea. However, our waterways are vulnerable to harmful weed infestations, so we need to manage weeds for flood control and biodiversity protection. Left unchecked, invasive weeds in these areas are a significant flood risk.

Environment Canterbury staff and contractors carry out weed control measures in the open riverbed to help flood flows pass through, and to enhance biodiversity values. Left unchecked the vegetation is a flood risk, occupying the channel and forcing flood waters towards farmland and riverside communities. Weed growth can also contribute to the loss of aquatic habitats and nesting areas for native birds.

  • What chemicals do we use for targeted weed control?

Environment Canterbury uses herbicides (glyphosate and triclopyr) under strict controls to control weed growth in riverbeds and berms under the terms of Resource Consent CRC981580. We also use a surfactant that helps the herbicide ‘stick’ to plants thereby reducing the amount required.

Glyphosate is widely used in New Zealand and other countries as a general-purpose herbicide, it is regulated in New Zealand by the NZ Environmental Protection Authority (EPA) and there are laws around its use. Products containing glyphosate are considered safe, provided the safety instructions on the product labels are followed. The EPA’s statement about glyphosate, as well as a fact sheet and information about how glyphosate is regulated in New Zealand is available here.

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For any enquiries about spray operations please contact:

Sam Hurley | Regional Lead – River Operations

Email:                        Sam.Hurley@ecan.govt.nz

MOB:                        027 232 4516

     

 

ecan.govt.nz/flood-works

ecan.govt.nz/weedcontrol

 

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Kaikōura District Library Features in NZLPP Publication
14 Feb 2022

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Kaikōura District Library has featured in a great write up about their library service in the national New Zealand Library Partnership Programme publication with the topic - Building Back Better and Collaborating to Succeed.

Well done library team!

 

To read the full article click here.

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