Plans, Reports, Bylaws & Policies
Information about and links to our Annual Plans and Reports, Long-Term Plans, the District Plan and some of our key policies and bylaws.
Reveiwing our Natural Hazard Provisions
The rolling review of the District Plan will start with the District Plan’s natural hazards provisions, using the standard plan change process under the Resource Management Act.
The current District Plan has been operative since 2008 and is due for review. In November 2018 Council confirmed the District Plan will be reviewed as a series of plan changes (a ‘rolling review’) rather than one change.
Council will work with the community to review the District Plan’s natural hazards provisions once all technical information and other requirements are in place. There will be many opportunities for the community to learn about the natural hazards our district faces and the areas they could affect.
Three Year Plan 2018-2021
The 3 Year Plan 2018-2021 sets big work programmes to tackle some of our District’s biggest issues, meet community needs and legal responsibilities.
The Maori proverb "Manaaki whenua, Manaaki tangata, Haere whakamua (Care for the land, care for the people, go forward)” provided the guiding theme for the 3 Year Plan.
Council believes this plan provides what’s needed for Kaikouras people, environment, land and its' future. It will help Council create a district that can move forward as a great place to live, with a strong, well-connected community that is ecologically exemplary and economically prosperous.
Key Plans, Bylaws and Policies
Once a year Council carries out a survey to measure how satisfied our ratepayers and residents are with the work we do. The results are used to help us plan, deliver and improve our services.
This year, we've done our best to mail survey to every property owner and every tenant.
Surveys can be returned up till 21 January 2019 but if you want to enter to win a $100 New World Gift Card, your survey must be returned by December 14th.
Surveys can also be completed:
2017/18 Completed in June 2018 345 respondents.
Overall, council was pleased with the results, CEO Angela Oosthuizen said “in general, ratepayer satisfaction was 42%, the New Zealand average is 46%. The survey showed us that since 2017 ratepayer satisfaction with areas including our roads, sewerage, water quality, footpaths and libraries has improved which is really great. However we know there is still lots of room from more improvements especially in areas like rural roads, resource recovery, cycleways, stormwater, sportsfields, streetlights and toilets”.
“The most important thing is that Council staff now have a clear steer from ratepayers about what they’re not happy with and where they want improvements. The challenge for all Council’s teams now is to make sure we take that on board and look at where we can make changes to improve things.
2016/17 Completed in August 2017, 244 Respondents
CEO Angela Oosthuizen said, “the survey is an important part of how we track how the community feels about what we’re doing. The most pleasing part about this year’s results is that, even with all the challenges we’re facing and the fact that there’s a lot of work left to do, respondents generally feel pretty good about the future. We’ve known from the start that recovery is a long and complicated process but the survey shows people believe we’ll come out the other side stronger and better than we were before. Council is determined to make that happen.” As part of the survey, the Council asked how people felt about the future
- 83% agreed the District would go on to a positive future
- 78% agreed Kaikōura continues to have a supportive and close community
- 78% agreed support services are available to those most in need
- 72% agreed residents would be better off once repairs are complete
- 69% agreed Council is doing the best it can.
2015/16 Completed in August 2016 180 respondents
The Kaikōura District Council Annual Plan is a plan for the financial year (from 1 July to 30 June). It sets out how much Council can spend on its' different operations including the services for our community such as roads, water, sewerage, rubbish, etc. It also determines how much we borrow, and how much your rates will be.
The Annual Report compares what we did in a financial year to what we said we would do. It lets you know what we delivered and whether we met our budgets and performance targets.
Long-term plans generally set out the Council’s intentions for the next decade. They are reviewed every 3 years to keep them relevant and accurate, keep them moving in the right direction and addressing community outcomes.
A 3 Year Plan covering 2018-2021 was adopted by council in July 2018. Read more about it here
The previous Long-Term Plan was the Kaikōura 2025 Long-term Plan, adopted on 29 June 2015. It is presented in two parts:
- Long Term Plan 2015-2025 Volume 1 (3.8MB) - a summary document
- Long Term Plan 2015-2025 Volume 2 (7.8MB) - detailed financial information
If you would like to be on our mailing list to receive a copy of future Long-term Plans, Annual Plans or Annual Reports please email us.
The Kaikōura District Plan sets standards for development within our District. These standards aim to ensure natural resources and hazards are managed safely and sustainably.
The current version of the plan has been operative since 23 June 2008. A lot has changed in our district in last 10 years and now it’s time to review our plan and see how it can be improved to better meet the community’s needs.
In November 2018 Council confirmed the plan will be reviewed as a series of plan changes (a ‘rolling review’) rather than one change. The review will start with the District Plan’s natural hazards provisions.
District Plan 2008
Copies are also available in hard copy or on CD.
Table of Contents
District-Wide Issues, Objectives, Policies and Rules
5. Tangata Whanua Values
6. Recreation and Open Space
7. Development and Tourism
8. Natural Hazards
9. Hazardous Substances
11. Landscape and Amenity
14. Financial Contributions
15. Historic Heritage, Tree Protection, Archaeological Sites
16. Outdoor Advertising
17. Relocated & Temporary Buildings and Temporary Activities
Zones - Issues, Objectives, Policies and Rules
District Plan Decisions
- General, Maps and new Provisions
- Sections 1-5
- Sections 6-10
- Sections 11-14
- Sections 15-21
- Sections 22
What is the Recovery Plan?
The Kaikōura District Recovery Plan provides a clear direction for restoring and enhancing our District. It is a major early step towards rebuilding our communities in a future-focused way, laying the foundations for a post-quake Kaikōura that is strong and successful.
Ultimately it is much more than a Recovery Plan. Together, the residents of the District “Re-imagined the Future”. There will be work to do for many years ahead but now we have a solid foundation on which to build.
The Plan divides recovery into five parts. To be successful all five parts must be developed together with the community at the centre.
The entire plan can be downloaded here, or download individual chapters from the sections below.
Kaikōura District Recovery Plan (PDF, 2.9 MB)
- Education, physical and psychosocial health of the community.
- Recreational and cultural facilities for all generations and the restoration of heritage sites and buildings.
- Investment, business, labour and insurance liaison.
Built Environment Recovery
- Housing, infrastructure, transport and buildings.
Natural Environment Recovery
- Biodiversity, the coast and natural hazards.
Looking to the Future
- Communication, funding, finance, research, governance, coordination and project management of the recovery activities.
We started, nine days after the earthquake, by asking the community what you wanted.
On November 23 2016 over 280 people attended a meeting of Kaikōura District businesses. In December 2016 residents’ meetings and a community survey generated nearly 3000 ideas.
All this information was condensed into 34 themes which a January 2017 workshop used to create the first draft of the plan.
Developing a general plan for recovery comes within the overarching purpose of the Kaikōura District Council. Under the Local Government Act (Section 10) we are tasked with enabling democratic decision making and meeting the needs of our community today and into the future.
We are also guided by the principles in the Act that require us to be open, transparent and democratically accountable as well as taking into account the diversity of our community, its interests and the likely impacts of any decision we may make.
We work with the National Recovery Office.
Downloadable PDF application documents:
- Easter Sunday Trading Policy 2017
- Trading in Public Places Policy 2015
- Infrastructure Procurement Policy
- Development Contribution Policy
- Dog Control Policy
- Earthquake Prone, Dangerous & Unsanitary Buildings Policy
- Class 4 Gambling Venue Policy
- Smokefree Outdoor/Public Places Policy
- Walking & Cycling Strategy
- TAB Board Venue Policy
- Delegations Manual
- Compliments, Complaints and Requests for Service Policy 2018
The following policies are included in the Long Term Plan:
- Environmental & Social Sustainability Policy
- Equal Employment Opportunities Policy
- Investment Policy
- Liability Management Policy
- Public / Private Partnership Policy
- Rates Postponement Policy
- Rates Remission Policy
- Revenue & Financing Policy
- Significance Policy
Find out more information about general distribution and characteristics of active faults and folds in the Kaikōura District, North Canterbury.
10 December 2018