From the Mayor

Mayor craig primary 1

Last week we announced our new CEO, Will Doughty. As we welcome Will to the role I want to acknowledge everything that outgoing CEO Angela Oosthuizen has achieved.  Angela arrived in the job to find a partly built Civic Centre with budget issues and oversaw its completion, then the quake completely changed the lay of the land, literally!  This is not a job that many would want or understand but she has led council staff and community through the response and recovery phase successfully.  

During Angela’s time as CEO a $38.6million infrastructure rebuild has been delivered on budget, she has built a strong, capable team of staff and is leaving Council in a much stronger financial position than imagined. I know that Angela worked countless hours above and beyond what was asked of her, including nights and weekends, as a result we are in a very good position to move forward. 

CEOs of Councils take a lot of flak, mostly incorrect and sometimes personal and unfair. I know that Kaikōura can rise above that and is a ‘bigger’ community, so I’d like to extend a big thank you to Angela for all that she has done both for the district and the people living here.

All ratepayers will soon get the annual Resident Satisfaction Survey in their mailboxes, please take time out to have a cuppa and fill this in. Your feedback is used to measure how we are going as a Council and what we need to improve, so it is important we hear from you.

I’d like to congratulate NCTIR, NZTA, KiwiRail and Te Rūnanga o Kaikōura for winning the Outstanding Public Sector Leadership in Governance Award and a Prime Minister’s Award recently.

We’re on the home straight with NCTIR now, most of the work will be finished by mid-December. The canopy work south is going to take longer due to the rock there - late February, however the road will be open over the Christmas period.

As we wrap up with NCTIR several community events are planned including a dawn karakia to bless the Cultural Artwork Package on Saturday 5th, a fun family event on Sunday 13th and a sign unveiling on Tuesday 15th. More details in the Kaikōura Star and the Council Facebook page.

The end of the NCTIR roadworks is a milestone, an opportunity to reflect on what we have been through together, and a chance to move forward as a community.

Craig Mackle

  

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23 November 2020