June 2014 Otaki Community Board Meeting

By MARGARET ANDREWS

Public Speaking

Peter Standen spoke to meter issues saying Otaki people were being ‘forced’ to pay for water and he saw no justification in Otaki subsidising water for Waikanae and Paraparaumu users.

Chair, James Cootes replied the Otaki River cannot sustain water draw off and the town gets its water from bores. Councillor Penny Gaylor reminded those present that Otaki ratepayers have always paid a water charge in their rates. Mr Cootes said he would be interested to hear from anyone who receives a $700–$800 water bill.

Kapiti District councillor K Gurunathan presented a copy of his submission to the Greater Wellington Regional Council’s annual plan for an alternative extension of the commuter rail link to Otaki.

Mr Cootes and Ms Gaylor said the OCB and KCDC both sent similar submissions. Such a service could be ‘up and running’ in six months. Board member Chris Papps called for an improved bus service to get people to the station.

Marilyn Stevens, Horowhenua Cancer Society field officer, on behalf of the Cancer Society and Heart Foundation, asked KCDC to include 10 metre smoke free area around all council owned parks, reserves and buildings to ensure a clean-up of butts etc. The petition was handed to the Board’s Environment, and Community Development representative Rob Kofoed.

Fred Macdonald spoke to several issues — water meters, the need for electrification of rail to Palmerston North, more bus shelters and the state of local roads.

Stephen Cotterill spoke to his concerns re the old toilet block at the Otaki Railway Station saying they could be a safety issue.

Grant applications

Mr Cootes informed the public gallery the Board had discussed the applications fully and made their decisions prior to the meeting. As this was the last round of grants for the 2013–14 year they had increased some application amounts and the balance would go to the Otaki Menzshed to assist with upgrading and maintenance of the former ambulance station. All grants were approved for the amounts requested and representatives spoke to their applications.

Community Grants applications

  • Otaki Kindergarten received $500 for expenses in hosting the Brain Wave Trust seminar ‘How Children’s Brains Develop’.
  • Cameron Lafrenz was granted $500 to assist with costs of attending a Rotary New Zealand-Australia Matched Student Exchange.
  • Kapiti Age Concern received $500 to assist with hire of a meeting room at the Citizen’s Advice Bureau and promotional flyers.
  • The Voice Thru Your Hands application for $500 was increased to the $700 from the ‘left over’ funds, to run a workshop at Otaki College. The organisation’s focus is increasing the awareness of sign language and visual communications for children with intellectual disabilities.
  • Kapiti Circus Club received $500 to assist with the initial set up costs to run circus classes for children and adults. Fuse Circus performed at the Kite Festival in March.
  • Nimlin Productions received $398 for two computer hard drives to store all the documentaries he has made around Otaki and Te Horo over the years. He hopes the Alexander Turnbull Library and Otaki Library will each hold one.

Sporting Activity Grants Fund

  • Kahurangi Sturmey received $500 to assist with costs to travel to America with the NZ Basketball Association Academy Under14 Girls Team.
  • Kapiti Swimming Club received $500 to assist with a coach and junior national representatives to a swim training camp in Rotorua.
  • Patrick Joss received $500 to assist with expenses to attend a series of tennis tournaments in Australia with Team10is NZ as he works towards selection in the NZ under 13 team.

Reports

School Travel Plans, Brent Cherry

All Otaki schools have signed up to the programme. Survey shows a majority of children are driven to school, although a good number walk, ride, scooter. Concerns raised included traffic speed and pedestrian crossings.

The new raised crossing at Otaki School

Complaints had been received about the height of new raised crossing at Otaki School — the raised crossing will remain but he acknowledged it seemed too ‘harsh’ and it could have two metre ‘ramps’ each side installed. NZ Transport Agency says raised crossings are more effective than painted white lines.

Otaki College is interested in a raised crossing, and Te Kura-o-iwi Whakatupuranga Rua Mano formalise using the crossing to the east of the round-a-bout not the one to the west.

The Waerenga Road crossing could be upgraded, improvements to Te Horo Beach Road, including speed signs.

Board members’ suggestions included education scheme, How to Cross the Road, speed humps and Waitohu Valley Road near the school.

Energise Otaki

Jake Roos and Dave Rumsey had a power point presentation showing progress on the clean energy technology and developments.

Aim: making greater Otaki a net exporter of clean energy.

Blended fuels now used by school bus service and Otaki College for their vans. There was to be a Careers for the Future expo at the centre on June 14.

Otaki Reserves Fund

KCDC’s Reserves and Open Spaces manager, Lex Bartlett gave an update of the Reserves Fund, noting it can only be used for purchase of further reserve land, new and upgrade of recreation assets — play equipment on reserves and not non-recreational activities such as libraries or built assets.

Among items on the list were a splash pad at Haruatai pool, Te Horo Beach improvements, Otaki skate park — for smaller children, basketball court at Tasman Road reserve.

Members expressed concern that including the splash pad under the new roof line, would impose a cost to use — Raumati Beach one is free. The Board would finalise is choice/s at the July 22 meeting.

Matters Under Action

  • Main Street Pavers: steam cleaning not a permanent solution, still working with Concrete Doctors.
  • Sunny Otaki entry signage: ongoing,
  • Landscaping at County Road: Discussions continue – NZTA, KCDC and Waitohu School involved.

Reports from Board members included

  • rail services,
  • bus shelters,
  • car and motorbikes on beaches,
  • Waitohu Stream recut,
  • Pathways to Employment initiative,
  • Otaki Menzshed opening date.

The meeting closed at 10.57pm.