From the Mayor

Mayor craig primary 1

I’ve really enjoyed attending a number of meetings recently. Not surprising these are local meetings full of community members doing their bit to help others. I’d like to take this opportunity to thank them and acknowledge some of the great work that is taking place in the district.

The Kaikōura Lions continue to amaze me, the more I have to do with this group the more impressed I am at what they achieve. Everything they do is about giving back to the community (having a wicked sense of humour also seems to help things along).

The Kaikōura Coastguard is another great bunch of people who selflessly give many volunteer hours to look after our community. Very organised too!  I know there are many more groups and volunteers out there who offer their valuable time for so many causes and you really make a difference.

The Ukulele Festival was a pretty good hit a couple of weekends ago. They seemed to be all over town and the event brought many people to Kaikōura.  I was a bit nervous about attending the opening (being an AC⚡DC fan) but I was blown away by the local “7.8” ukulele group. I really don’t think I’m biased but this group were amazing (I hope I don’t offend anyone when I say I was really surprised). The rendition of John Denver’s ‘Country Road’ to as a Kaikōura ‘Coastal Road’ version was especially good. Who knew we had such hidden talent in the community?

Last week the Council reported back to the Department of Internal Affairs (DIA) on the proposed Three Waters Reform. We took into consideration feedback received from over 200 community members. The report to the DIA continued to question the information to date and requested further detail and answers to a number of issues. If you’d like to find out more I’d encourage you to have a look on the website www.kaikoura.govt.nz where there is a dedicated section on the Three Waters Reform.

At this point we don’t believe we have enough sound evidence for either the Council or the community to make an informed decision. Much more work is needed from the Government to provide such information. The report to DIA also supported the request made by the Canterbury Mayoral Forum to slow the reform timetable, so we can get a better understanding of the rules of the game regarding the regulations going forward.

The Government is expected to consider this feedback and take decisions on the next steps in the reform pathway over the coming month. We’ll make sure we keep you posted.

Take care and enjoy the school holidays.
Craig Mackle

1 October 2021

 

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