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Kōrero from the Chief Executive

Video script - 12 July 2019

Kia ora whanau, Nigel here with my weekly update.

Last time you watch the update on the current version of InfoKete all pretty excited about the clean new easier to navigate Infokete that’s being implemented on Monday and Mark is going to talk to you later on in the video so something to look forward to next week

In terms of the week that’s been, myself, her Worship the Mayor, Damon, Bayden and Eileen attended the Local Government New Zealand Conference over Sunday Monday and Tuesday.  It was a good opportunity to connect in with other Councils from around New Zealand. We had Bayden leading the response from our hosts on behalf of all the manuhiri from across Aotearoa.  Our former Mayor Lawrence Yule, was made a lifetime member of Local Government New Zealand in recognition of his leadership of the LGNZ Council for many years and his leadership of the Commonwealth Association of Local Government.  Our colleague James Palmer from HB Regional Council led a session on climate change with a couple of young really outstanding leaders who have mobilised the strike for climate change action.  We were a finalist in the Local Government Awards for Economic Wellbeing which was Te Ara Kahikatea and whilst we didn’t take out the prize, we lost out to pretty stiff competition in terms of the Wellington Waterfront.  Really proud that we made it to the finals, we were one of 4 finalist in the Economic Wellbeing and one of 14 overall from over 50 award nominations that came from around the country.

I’ve had a chance to be out and about this week, spent some time at Splash with the fabulous Peran and getting to see what happens when we are not open which is a real eye opener in terms of all the work that’s happening as we get ready for the start of the 100 day season later in the year.

This week we had our Council meeting at Waipatu Marae in terms of adopting the Waipatu Community Plan.  I want to acknowledge our team who have worked with the Waipatu community to develop their community plan so really special to be out at Waipatu to have the community plan presented in the community.  Ngahiwi was talking about previous Council meetings at Waipatu back in 1940 and 1962 but another recent first which has been really awesome.  

That’s probably it for me in terms of the week that’s been, hope you all had a good week, look forward to talking with you again next week in person or on the video.  I will now hand over to Mark and the crew to talk about the new Infokete that’s coming out on Monday.

Cheers everyone



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