From the Mayor
A standout from the last few weeks was meeting our Prime Minister Jacinda Ardern, Tourism Minister Kelvin Davis, Under Secretary Fletcher Tabuteau and Rino Tirikatene MP. Representatives from Council, Te Rūnanga o Kaikōura and Destination Kaikōura took the opportunity to push some ‘Shovel Ready Projects’ including the Aquatic Centre, Clarence River Valley access and infrastructure upgrades.
The criteria for the COVID-19 response project funding is a bit murky, but the Prime Minister remarked that we were doing everything right. We have formed a collaborative group and are developing some projects; this will enable us to hit the ground running once the funding is clearer.
This process is being led by the Kaikōura Economic Recovery Governance Group (KERGG), chaired by Rawiri Manawatu. The group are asking for input from the wider community through four community meetings. Wednesday July 1 at the Memorial Hall: 10am till 1pm and 5pm till 7pm. Saturday July 4 at the Memorial Hall: 10am till 1 pm, and Takahanga Marae: 5pm till 7pm. The focus will be on needs and solutions to wellbeing, social recovery, community projects, education and business, employment and training.
NCTIR have announced their finishing date for December 2020. Ideally, we could have some nature-based job opportunities ready to go at the same time. This is one of the goals the Recovery Group are working towards.
The town has been relatively busy which is great to see, there is still a lot of people around for this time of year. It shows that the domestic tourism campaign is working well, and we have something special to offer the rest of New Zealand.
Several projects have been steaming ahead. By the time this goes to print the tenders for demolishing the Wakatu Quay buildings will be received, demolition is due to begin in July and should take around three months. The Aquatic Centre and the Mayfair are going great, there is a good energy behind both projects. It just goes to show how people working together can make stuff happen for our community.
The draft Annual Plan we had neatly stacked on the shelf got well and truly knocked over by COVID-19, but Council has taken the opportunity to look hard at cost cutting and savings for the ratepayer. It would be great to see people at the draft Annual Plan community gatherings, there are a few big items on the agenda, such as possible changes to rubbish and recycling services. This is your chance to have an opinion on what happens next and what you are prepared to pay for – or not.
I look forward to seeing you out there,
1 July 2020