From the Mayor
One of the positive aspects of my duties as Mayor is being able to leverage support for our local community. The Mayoral Task Force for Jobs is a collection of rural councils who are focused on increasing youth/community employment opportunities and we have been given funding to deliver this programme in Kaikōura.
We have allocated the funding to Te Hā o Mātauranga - Learning in Kaikōura as they are already delivering many of these services and are in the best position to support the new appointments and target community members who will benefit from the service.
The funding will enable a full-time role for an Employment Co-ordinator. I’ll be working closely with the new position to connect local businesses and employment opportunities with locals looking for work. The programme has a lot of potential for our community and I’m fully on board with Te Hā o Mātauranga, working to ensure it is a success. There are also two part-time roles for a Youth Employability Facilitator and a Driving Co-ordinator.
The Earthquake Rebuild Programme managed by Council is coming to an end later this year and this milestone gives us the opportunity to reflect on what has been achieved. For the past few years, the Council team has managed a $38.6 million programme of works covered by government funding, of which only $2 million has been contributed by Council.
But wait, all this is being accomplished within budget! And what’s more - if it had not been for COVID-19 - on time! Great news for Kaikōura (and it’s ratepayers).
The Ministry of Business, Innovation and Employment has announced further responsible camping funding to follow on from the success of last summer. Council has put in an application to fund local camping ambassadors to educate, encourage and enforce responsible camping in the district.
There is a growing sense of unease globally as the impacts of COVID-19 continue to affect our lives and I’m noticing that in Kaikōura as well. The business as usual that Council normally undertakes is under additional pressure due to COVID-19 delays, the revision of the Annual Plan to ensure lower rates increase and the beginning of the Long Term 10 Year Plan process.
I’d like to remind people how much work is happening behind the scenes at Council right now, from what I can see staff are going above and beyond what is normally being asked of them in a normal year. I’m proud of what we have accomplished since the earthquake and I’d like to invite everyone to take a step back and reflect on how far we have come. Good work people, right what’s next?!
07 September 2020