From the Mayor
Another Mayoral Column and another COVID Alert Level. It is good to see that the numbers of infections are coming down, looks like we are on the right track.
Watching the Māori Wardens acknowledged on Seven Sharp last week reminded me how lucky we are to live is such a great community. The Wardens have been doing an awesome job supporting Kaikoura Healthcare through the COVID vaccination roll out and during this latest lockdown.
Other agencies such as Te Tai O Marokura and the team at Council worked with Kaikoura Healthcare to ensure that no vulnerable people in our community missed out on support. The awesome Meals on Wheels teams were given a break and Council took on the role of delivery drivers to protect many of the usual drivers who are aged 65 years plus (even if they don’t act it, i.e. Lip Sync 2021!) The Council roading team were also involved with the necessary traffic safety measures for drive through vaccinations.
We may not have the resources available in a large city, but we make up for it by stepping up and helping out in times of need.
We have had a great response to the Three Waters Reform feedback. Over 100 people have offered their views on the initial proposal from central government. We are not yet consulting on whether our district should or should not be part of the proposed new large water entity. But this initial feedback is really valuable as the Council consider and question what the government is proposing.
At our virtual meeting on September 1 the Council agreed to not transfer any water, wastewater or storm water assets to any other entity without first undertaking a full consultative or referendum process with the Kaikōura community.
The next step for us is to provide some initial feedback back to central government on the proposed reform at the end of September. Central government will be determining the timeline for reform going forward in October 2021. We will make sure we keep you in the loop through the Council newsletter and website, Facebook, Kaikōura Star and North Canterbury News.
What do you think of the initial proposals? You can find out more here, fill in the short online survey email CEO@kaikoura.govt.nz or post to PO Box 6, Kaikōura, 7340. Feedback closes 5pm Sunday 19th September.
Spring is definitely in the air, remember to get out there and enjoy some fresh air while the sun shines.
10 September 2021