Otaki Community Board

Board chair, James Cootes welcomed everyone to the meeting and noted the annual Christmas Day Dinner would be held in the Memorial Hall from midday.

Public Speaking & responses

F_R_Otaki-community-boardDeveloper and builder, Hadley Gardner spoke to the November 25 Otaki Community Board meeting re the naming of the street in a new subdivision in Kirk Street. He submitted Gardner Place in recognition of the contributions of several generations of the Gardner family to the Otaki community. Moutere Way was suggested by local iwi; Moutere means island — symbolic of the slightly elevated terrace in the area between the current and old course of the river. Kim Place was suggested by the previous landowner in recognition of Peter Kim a former occupant of the market garden there.

Following discussion later in the meeting, the Board’s approval was for Gardner Place.

Errol Maffey thanked the Board for the $398 granted in June, to purchase two hard drives to catalogue the documentaries of Otaki-Te Horo Today he has produced. One would go to the Kapiti Coast Library and the other “probably” to the Alexander Turnbull Library.

Jackie Elliott, district wide councillor for Kapiti Coast District Council, spoke of the Wellington Regional Council’s Economic sustainability forum noting Otaki’s leading edge Clean Technology Centre.

Rex Kerr, for the Rahui Football and Sports Club, thanked the Board for the $500 Sporting Activities grant to assist with hosting a Heartland Rugby match at Otaki Domain. He thanked the council ground’s staff for the standard of the grounds and facilities – spoken of by one of the game commentators, and noted it was the biggest crowd at any heartland game this season.

Pukenamu Road resident, Colin Davies spoke to the report on the Te Horo Beach Road Safety Review, noting numerous safety issues on Te Horo Beach and Pukenamu roads, particularly the two single lane bridges, the scenes of numerous crashes. Pukenamu Road is not up to standard of a secondary road. Among his recommendations were improvements to both roads and widening of the two bridges. He submitted his suggestions and recommendations and photographs to the Board. 

Kahurangi Sturmey spoke to the Board of her experiences with the New Zealand age group development team playing in America, where the team won two tournaments and she was named most improved player of the series. 

Grant Applications

Community Grants Fund: Kapiti Coast Harness Racing Club’s (KCHRC) application was spoken to by president Mary Colman. They were granted $500 to assist with costs of holding the kid’s Go Racing activities at their January 18 Summer Festival of Racing.  

Graham Rikihana spoke to the application of Hariata Higgott and Kereama Rikihana for $500 to assist with costs of the continuing work on the Community Garden at Otaki College. 

Te Horo Beach resident, Louise Dench, spoke about the residents’ group application for $400 to assist with costs of holding the Te Horo Beach Christmas in the Park. The application was approved.

Sporting Activities Fund

Alana Fraser was granted $500 towards costs of travelling to the Touch Youth Trans-Tasman test series with the NZ Women’s Under 19 team, to be held in Australia.

Atawhai Raureti-Osborne was awarded $500 to attend the Touch Youth Trans-Tasman test series as a late addition to the Under 19 Men’s team, to be held in Australia.

Nga Mama Wera group was approved $500 to assist with the purchase of waka ama racing paddles for attendance at the New Zealand Nation championships. Kelly-Anne Ngatai spoke to the Board saying the Nga Mama Wera were a group of six mums working towards a “healthier lifestyle to be role models for our families”. They were registered to complete in the Women’s open grade competition and hope to progress to the waka ama world championships in Australia in 2016. The Racing paddles are $330 each.

Hawaiiki Nui Tua Rua club was granted $500 to assist with costs to attend the National Waka ama Sprint Champs next year. Member, Barbara Rudd told the Board Hawaiiki Nui Tua Rua is the oldest waka ama club in Otaki.

Two applications were withdrawn.

General Business – members’ and others: 

Chair, James Cootes, spoke of his schedule over the past six weeks including confirmation of the rebuilding of a new larger bus shelter at Coastlands, possible relocation the bus shelter at the intersection of Te Horo Beach Road and Main Highway, attending the Otaki Beach Development meeting, suggested replacement for the Capital Connection with a regular train service between Waikanae and Palmerston North.                                             

Rob Kofoed spoke of the danger of the narrow walkway-cycleway over the Otaki River bridge; he produced drawings for a suggested two metre wide clip-on on the west side of the bridge, saying he hoped the New Zealand Transport Agency would fund “it’s not an expressway issue, but a safety one.” He also mentioned the following issues: The Haruatai Park-sanatorium walkway is progressing, the Kapiti Concert Orchestra’s very successful 10th anniversary concert at Nga Purapura, attended by (over) 800 people, Bus shelters: that Greater Wellington Regional Council requires all their bus shelters to be of the same design, he had earlier suggested another design for a shelter outside Sander Apparel.

Colin Pearce spoke of meetings he had attended including railways and retention of the Capital Connection, concerns received re rubbish bin clearance and weed spraying over the holiday period and views on the probable closure of the iSite and he presented a suggestion for an Otaki promotion brochure. 

Councillor Penny Gaylor suggested he check the iSite staff re queries at the centre, also suggestions for further use of the building as an artist gallery and workshop. 

Board member Chris Papps had attended council’s Long Term Community Plan workshops, noting “very positive feedback” from pool users and staff

A report from KCDC Traffic Engineer, Gary Adams, on the Te Horo Beach Road Safety Review noting some recommendations for immediate approval and others listed for further investigation.

Mr Pearce stated that the Pukenamu – Te Horo Beach roads are sign posted as an alternative route when the main highway is closed this doesn’t work with two single lane bridges and asked who was responsible for the roads’ upkeep – NZTA or local council.

The Board moved to have improvement issues for the next OCB included in the Otaki Mail prior to the meeting.

The Board also approved the installation of two disability parking spaces, one outside the Otaki Medical Centre entrance on Raukawa Street and the other on the northern park east side of Aotaki Street.

Mr Cootes asked Mr Adams when softening work to the Mill Road pedestrian crossing outside Otaki School would be done – to date there has been no action.

The KCDC Long Term Community Plan workshops were in progress, consideration of capital expenditure and operational costs noted and Haruatai Swimming pool upgrades noted.

Ms Papps and Mr Pearce were elected to attend the May 2015 Community Boards Conference. 

A very full meeting concluded at 10.17pm.

By MARGARET ANDREWS