From the Mayor

Mayor craig primary 1

As 2020 draws to a close, I can’t help but think there’s some great things happening in our community right now, and more good stuff on the horizon. I’ve recently been involved in two significant events that highlight the power of partnerships between different organisations. The ceremonial return of land at Omihi, Oaro back to Ngāti Kurī acknowledged the developing relationship between Te Rūnanga o Kaikōura and Council. It was a real privilege to be part of this event, and great to hear the speakers including Maurice Manawatu, Sir Tipene O'Regan and archaeologist Michael Trotter.

The dawn blessing of the Cultural Art Package and subsequent bus tour to visit the coastal art sites showcased an incredible new asset for the district. This collaboration between NCTIR, NZTA, KiwiRail and Te Rūnanga o Kaikōura will soon become an iconic feature for our town. This is not just a drive along an incredible coast, but a drive through history. We have a rich cultural heritage and I’d encourage everyone to take the time to stop, read, and absorb these stories. If we take the time to understand our history - we will know the way forward.

I’d like to congratulate Lynette Buurman co-owner of Encounter Kaikōura for being a finalist in the 2020 Women of Influence Awards in the category of Board and Management. The award recognises women working in senior management or as directors, who go above and beyond their role descriptions, often provided personal support and mentoring to others in the community. Anyone who has worked with Lynette will agree wholeheartedly with her consideration for this award.

Both Kaikōura Helicopters and South Pacific Helicopters have recently been awarded the Qualmark GOLD award for Sustainable Tourism Business. Another great recognition for tourism operators in Kaikōura, congratulations to the teams.

This is my last column for 2020, I’d I wish everyone a Merry Christmas, and a happy and safe New Year.

To harness some Christmas spirit, take the kids to the Christmas grotto at The Old Kaikōura Winery on the 19th and 20th December from 10:30am till 2pm. There will be music, games for the kids and of course Santa.  You also don’t want to miss the Flaming Caravan New Zealand Tour that’s coming to town on Saturday 19th December. There will be two fire shows at the Container Mall, 8:15pm and 9pm.

Craig Mackle


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14 December 2020