Ōtaki Community Board

F_R_Otaki-community-boardPublic Speaking Time and Responses.

Patrick Joss: attended the July meeting to update the Board on his achievements at the Australian tennis tournaments, to show the cup he won and to thank the Board for the funding he received.

Matthew Braddock: Spoke of the representative football team’s Australian tournament and their achievements. He thanked the Board for the funding he received.

Shelly Warwick: Spoke of the good use of the highway underpass, many more children are now walking to Waitohu School and Otaki College. She asked if NZTA (New Zealand Transport Agency) was/would be using the Waitohu Quarry for  metal for the Peka Peka to Otaki Expressway noting Waitohu Valley Road was too narrow to pass trucks without going on to the grass verge. Stephen McArthur, KCDC senior manager, replied the issues raised had been covered at council level.

Ian Carson, Otaki Village Promotion Group:  The date for the 2016 Kite Festival has been set for March 5-6. Feedback from kite flyers from New Zealand and Australia “it’s the best kite festival in NZ and they love coming back! The OVPG is a finalist in the Wellington Community Awards. 

The Otaki Community Expo will be held on September 12 at Memorial Hall, many stallholders have already booked their site.

The Community Businesses group is proving to be very successful, they meet every two months.

Fred Macdonald: raised issues of flooding in the district following the June downpour.  He requested an urgent meeting with the Otaki Community Board, KCDC, Greater Wellington Regional Council and Rangiuru residents regarding flooding in the lower Rangiuru area.

John Lahmert: a recent new resident to Otaki, raised issues on public transport – elderly Waerenga Road residents had a long walk to catch the bus at Countdown supermarket, also need for seats to rest en route. He felt Te Horo Beach residents should have a bus service to Paraparaumu and not change to rail at Waikanae. Board chair, James Cootes pointed out all Mr Lahmert’s issues were Greater Wellington Regional Council’s responsibilities not OCB or KCDC. Board members, Chris Papps and Colin Pearce and Mr Cootes, responded the Board and KCDC had been working very hard and lobbying GWRC for better services for Otaki. Suggestions a better service could result in better use of the buses.

Grant Applications: Community Grants Fund

Otaki Community Patrol: Approved $500 to assist with petrol and maintaining the patrol vehicle. It costs approximately $6000 a year to keep it operating. A typical year sees 157 hours of members patrolling both at night and on occasion daytime. Mr Cootes spoke of his interesting night out with the patrol. Phil McIntyre spoke to the patrol’s application.

Otaki Food Bank: Approved $500 for a publicity campaign requesting cash donations for administration costs – rent, power and telephone. During the last year 1734 parcels went out, an average of 33 a week. Many recipients are grandparents raising their mokopuna and struggling working couples.  Board member Rob Kofoed spoke to the application but did not vote for its approval.

Age Concern Kapiti: approved $500 towards costs for the Elder Person of the Year Awards celebration. Dermot Whelan spoke to the application noting there are approximately 12,500 people over 65 within the Kapiti region. The awards celebrate the achievements of the older persons in Kapiti. An Otaki person will be included on the judging panel.

Sporting Activity Grants

Kapiti Coast Derby Collective: received  $317.53 to assist with costs to host the first roller derby tournament in Kapiti, to be held at Nga Purapura Otaki, with teams attending from Levin, Palmerston North and Rimutaka (Upper Hutt). Collective secretary, Paula Caton spoke to the application saying roller derby was the fastest growing women’s sport in New Zealand.

Paula Signal: approved $500 to assist with costs to attend the Wellington regional body building championships and the national championships in Christchurch.

All applications are reviewed and discussed prior to the public meeting.

Report from Nigel Wilson, Kapiti representative on the Greater Wellington Regional Council

Mr Wilson gave an update of the council’s transport services, noting a bus shelter will be installed at New World. Board members asked when the Aotaki St bus shelter would be available and that it needed to go on the northern end of the Sander Apparel grass verge. He said cleaning and maintenance for each shelter was $500-$1000 per year. The Te Horo Beach Rd shelter at the main highway would “probably be removed and may be resited at Te Horo Beach”. 

Noted GWRC $500,000 helped “save” the Capital Connection train.

Mr Cootes stated Mayor Ross Church and Penny Gaylor, Otaki ward councillor, had attended the GWRC meeting re Otaki public transport issues. “By the end of this Triennium we hope we can say we’ve gained better public transport for Otaki,” he said.

Questions asked following the recent floods in Otaki, Messrs Cootes and Pearce wanted to know who was responsible for clearing drains and streams. Mr Wilson said there were a number of issues including “being seriously restricted by the five year consent in what we could do on any rivers in the region. There have been a lot of complaints about flooding in areas- there is no clarity who is responsible for clearing water courses. Council says GW. Mr Cootes called for need for clarification on responsibilities.

“We’ve got two councils — neither wants to pay — it all comes down to money,” he said.

Matters of an urgent nature: the former iSite, in the heritage court house, is now empty. Three potential tenants have submitted their proposals and now the community decides.  Mr Cootes proposed the resolution: Otaki Community Board members, Chris Papps, Rob Kofoed and Colin Pearce make the recommendation along with two community members. 

Chairman and Board Member’s Business and Activities

Mr Cootes reported attending the powhiri for the 72nd Otaki Scholar from Scotland at Raukawa Marae.  Acknowledged and thanked those who have worked on the Save the Capital Connection group. He visited areas most affected by flood waters in June. 

Mr Kofoed reported attendance at the Otaki Foodbank meeting, annual statistics 1734 food parcel issued during the year, 200 at Christmas. He attended the Honda Planting Day at Chrystalls Bend with the Friends of the Otaki River. Attended the Otaki Civil Defence review of the June floods.

Colin Pearce reported the success of the Otaki Museum’s World War I exhibition 3000 people through. Otaki Beach developments: ideas progressing, including need for traffic calming means, pedestrian crossing to the beach, improvements to the pavilion toilets.

UFB — is it or isn’t it coming to Otaki, if so will the footpaths be dug up again?

Chris Papps noted numerous events coming up in Otaki over the next month.

Representation Review: the Board moved to keep the status quo – four board members and ward councillor appointed from the district council. Only change would be returning part of Waikanae district back to the Waikanae ward. 

General Business: Main Street footpath: Concrete Doctors are colour testing some pavers to find a depth of colour needed to “hide” the food stains.

The meeting concluded at 9.30pm.