Annual Plan 2019-2020

As Council continues to rebuild, repair and plan for the future of Kaikoura, the Ngai Tahu whakatauki that is the theme of this year’s Annual Plan reminds us that the decisions we make today, we make not only for ourselves but for our future generations.

 “Mō tātou, ā, mō kā uri ā muri ake nei – for us and our children after us”.

This year is year 2 of of the Three Year Plan. The Draft Annual Plan outlines what's changed between last years plans and today.  

Council is focused on ensuring a sustainable approach to improving our services and taking opportunities to protect, enhance and develop our District. This means working with our community, our Treaty partners and our visitors and investors and navigating increasing regulation and compliance requirements.

Key dates:

  • Friday May 3 - Consultation begins 
  • 4pm Sunday 2nd June - Submissions close
  • 13th and 14th June - Hearings and deliberations 
  • 26th June - Final plan adopted 

For 2019/2020 we know we must;

  • work with our key stakeholders and iwi partners because through partnership we can achieve more for our district,
  • listen and respond to the needs of our community including creating a Freedom Camping bylaw, improving our roads and improving the way we handle service requests,
  • remain focused on completing the infrastructure rebuild and community facilities repair, rebuild and improvements,
  • think of the future when helping support a new indoor pool for Kaikōura and continuing to drive core district projects,
  • use strategic projects such as the Financial and Corporate Sustainability review and the review of the Natural Hazards Chapter of the District Plan to make the best decisions we can for the future of our community,
  • think of the environment as we make decisions about waste minimisation and management, biodiversity and planning for growth.

“Remember the ratepayers that have lived here for 25 years or more, not just the the new ones .We need to keep all the  good things about the district that make us different from other parts of New Zealand.” Community satisfaction survey feedback 2018

In a post-earthquake Kaikōura, providing for the needs of our community, rebuilding the place we live in, planning for the changes to the land we care for, and making sure our district reaches some of the future potential we know we can, is challenging. This draft plan lays out how we are prioritising and working hard to achieve a sustainable future for everyone. 

Feedback from the 2018 community satisfaction and wellbeing survey helped shape the plan. The survey showed that 48% of community members were satisfied with council, 36% believe council is becoming more effective and efficient, 44% believe council is supporting the community and 40% believe council is supporting local businesses.

The draft plan focuses on saving money through better financial management, improving our partnership with the community, businesses and our treaty partners and investing in the people, systems and processes Council needs to provide the services our community is asking for.

The survey also showed four areas where there is the greatest opportunity to improve; resource consents and inspections, building consents, community facilities repair programme and rural roads.  Feedback from the community also highlighted the need attention to roads, footpaths, weed control, general maintenance, and swimming pools. 

“We need an all round swimming pool for our community to have things for the kids to do on winter and learn to swim all year round” Community satisfaction survey feedback 2018

The draft plan includes additional investment in roads, footpaths and streetlights, $1million towards a new pool, completing core community facilities work and adjusting our fees so that those who use our services (such as building consents) pay a fair share of the cost of providing them.

At the same time, 58% of our community believe we dispose of our waste sustainably, 66% believe our community values, protects and enhances our natural environment and biodiversity. The impact of the earthquake on our waste means there are about 3 years’ space left at the landfill at current disposal rates and our waste management and minimisation plans and strategies are due an overhaul to make sure Council and the community can work together to manage our waste as sustainably as possible in the future.

“Support the team at IWK to be able to improve services and encourage good sustainable practices for households and businesses.” Community satisfaction survey feedback 2018

Community workshops

Workshop dates and locations:

  • Thursday 9th May 7pm-9pm Lynton Downs School
  • Wednesday 15th, 4pm-6pm  Kekerengu community hall
  • Tuesday 14th May 5pm-7pm Council Chambers
  • Thursday 16th May 5-7pm Suburban school 
  • Saturday 18th May 10am-12noon Goose Bay Fire Shed

Come to any of the community workshops to meet and chat with Council staff and Councillors. We’ll make sure there’s plenty of time for you to talk, ask questions and make sure your voice is heard. We'll be providing snacks and (non-alcoholic) drinks.

At the end of the workshop you can leave a paper submission form with us or make a submission from home in your own time. 

Making a submission

Make a submission online

Make a submission by post, email or hand delivery

  • Fill out a paper form - download and print one off, or pick one up from the Library, Council Offices or various other spots across the district that are popular with the community.
  • Get it back to us -  hand it to us in the Council Offices (Level 2, 96 West End), post them to us (PO Box 6, Kaikōura, 7340) or scan and email it to us (

Gathering our Facebook feedback 

Throughout the consultation period, we'll be gathering any public comments about the Plan from our facebook page. We'll summarise the key themes and issues and present this information as a single submission to help ensure Council gets the full picture.