From the Mayor

Mayor craig primary 1

The Council’s Draft Long-Term Plan (LTP) 2021–2031 is now out for public consultation. You can view the Consultation Document online through the Council website or drop into the Council office or library to take a look.

We have a several community hui planned in town, down at Goose Bay and up at Kēkerengū. These hui are so we can talk with you about what we are planning to do over the next ten years, please come along to find out more (dates and times listed in the full page ad in this paper). We’ll give a short presentation on our key proposals, why we are doing them and how we are going to pay for them. There will be plenty of time after that to have a chat and answer any questions you have. 

We know things are tough on our community right now so we’re working with a ‘no frills’ budget. We can’t afford to do everything that we want to do but I’m really pleased that even with a tight budget we are still able to address some long standing issues such as roads, footpaths, rubbish collection and a review of our out-dated District Plan. If all the proposals go ahead the average annual rates rise over the next ten years will be 3.4% (5.2% this year). 

It’s really important that we hear your opinion of our key proposals. We think we’re on the right track, but we don’t know that unless you make a submission. Even if you agree with what we are planning to do - let us know. This helps us decide if the proposals will be accepted and included in the work programme of the LTP. We’ve tried to make it as easy as possible to make a submission, you can do this online through the Council website or you can pick up a paper copy from the Council offices. 

Winter feels like it’s here already and with it some quieter months ahead, so it’s good to see the community are planning some great events that bring us together. The newly formed Proudly Kaikōura group are holding a Pride Picnic on the 13th June and Hāpuku School are calling for artists and musicians to take part in their Matariki Night Gala on 2nd July. The Great Kaikōura Whale Count has also just kicked off, another reminder of how special this district is. 

I hope you find time to join in with the community celebrations and see you at one of our LTP community hui.
Craig Mackle


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31 May 2021