From the Mayor
And again Covid is front of mind today. Last Friday the traffic light system was turned on and with the Canterbury region falling into the orange light this means significant changes for those that are unvaccinated. But on a more positive note more freedoms for those that are!
I continue to encourage those that aren’t yet fully vaxed to do so and while we all have a choice for me the wellbeing of the greater community far outweighs personal choice.
One thing that’s new under this system is the need to use My Vaccine Pass for certain businesses and I am sure there are many of you out there like me that aren’t so great at technology. The Kaikōura library staff are offering assistance with this if you need it.
I think we’ve made our feelings clear on where we stand with the Three Waters Reform to the Department of Internal Affairs. I have recently signed a joint letter with 29 other Mayors addressed to the Prime Minister requesting to be able to discuss our concerns in person.
In short Councils across New Zealand are joining forces in hope that our joint voices will get traction and we won’t need to escalate things further.
Speaking of traction November 21 was Groundswell NZ's 'Mother of all Protests' about the Three Waters Reform. I went to the protest in Amberley and stood alongside Hurunui district mayor Marie Black and Waimakariri district mayor Dan Gordon and many Kaikōura locals. It was a pretty cool turnout which I think speaks volumes for the depth of feeling in the community.
This is my last column for 2021, so I’d like to remind everyone to take care of one another over the coming weeks and months especially in the run up to Christmas. And I’d like to wish everyone a Merry Christmas, and a happy and safe New Year.