Otaki Community Board

F_R_Otaki-community-boardPublic Speaking

Elizabeth Mikkelsen spoke to the cycle ways and pathways issues particularly around the Ōtaki River Bridge and Riverbank Road area. The proposed footpath on Riverbank Road was part of the original cycleway to Te Horo plan and is required, preferably on the north side of the road. The need for a pathway from Riverbank Road to the bridge to allow safe cycle access to the bridge is critical because of the danger from trucks crossing the access area. There were also issues re cyclists using the north side stopbank. Acting chair, Rob Kofoed said her points were noted.

Fred Macdonald brought several issues to the meeting. A request for a path under the Ōtaki River Bridge was made, noting that a resource consent was not required. The former skating rink, alongside the Ōtaki Surf Club now used as a basketball court needs another hoop — this has been donated and he has a professional painter to paint the court lines — he just needs the paint. He made further points re beach access and public transport issues.

Mr Kofoed said there would be a presentation of the bus service review by Greater Wellington Regional Council public transport team later in the meeting.

Grant Applications

There were a record number of applications — 19, requesting funding. This was the final round for the 2015/16 financial year.

Community Grants

  • The Ōtaki Probus Club applied for funding to assist with social trips for members. The application was spoken member Russell Bell.
  • An application for funds from Te Kahui Matua Whanau Support Group, Ōtaki College, to assist with purchase of uniforms for the 50 strong college kapa haka group. Dale Nakhla spoke to the application.
  • The Morris Enthusiasts’ Car Club applied for funding to assist with costs of a Community Open Day at their Haruatai Park clubrooms in August. Chris Dorr spoke to the application. They hope to attract people from a wide area to experience events in Ōtaki.
  • Terry Maize spoke to the Kitten Inn organisations application for funding to desex and microchip rescue cats and kittens from the Ōtaki district with a subsidy for people with Community Service or Gold Cards. This is a Lower Hutt based registered charity organisation.
  • Ōtaki Montessori applied for funds to purchase literacy and numeracy resources for their early childhood education programmes. Angela Kelly brought some examples of the equipment to exhibit at the meeting.
  • Ōtaki Scout leader, Roger Beech Pooley spoke to their as application for funding towards costs of 11 scouts and two adults to attend the 21st New Zealand Scout Jamboree in Marlborough.
  • Tony King, Ōtaki Menzshed spoke to their funding application to purchase two security gates for their premises and storage areas.
  • Friends of the Ōtaki River president Max Lutz spoke to their application for funding to install an 80 metre long post and cable barrier along the seaward side of Greenfields to prevent further vehicular access to the recreation area after a vehicle using an unused access track to the area caused considerable damage to the grassed area.
  • Music Matters’ Ann-Marie Stapp applied for funding to cover expenses Spring Sing choir festival for combined adult choirs from Levin, Ōtaki and Waikanae to be held in September and further events for the Ōtaki Community Choir.
  • Ōtaki Food Bank applied for funding to assist with food parcels for the needy families between Manakau and Te Horo. Foodbank committee president, Mr Kofoed spoke to the application.
  • Marilyn Stevens applied for funding to assist with costs for the Ōtaki Community Board to install Christmas decorations to beautify the community for Christmas. Councillor Penny Gaylor spoke to the application.

All these applications received $500.

  • Curtis Herewini received $100 as a starter fund for purchase of sound equipment and promotion to run free events for children and youth. He spoke to his application.
  • An application from Tania Panui was not heard as she was not present.

Sports Activity Grants

  • Patrick Joss spoke to his application for funding to assist with costs to attend a tennis training camp and tournament in Brisbane.
  • Josie Brown applied for funding to assist with purchase protective hockey goalie equipment; she plays in three teams and is trialling for the Wellington under 13 representative team. Her father Chris Brown spoke to her application as she was at training.
  • Makaore Beavan Brown applied on behalf of the Rahui Junior Rugby Football Club to fund an onsite St John ambulance during the Rahui Junior Sevens tournament attended by teams from between Whanganui and Wellington.
  • Marcus Thompson applied for funds to assist with travel costs to attend the first World Waveski Surfing Championships in Santa Cruz Portugal.
  • Ōtaki Waka Hoe Charitable Trust applied for funds to assist with purchase of a new waka for the very successful Ōtaki waka ama club. Spoken to by the club’s Carol Skipworth.

All applicants received $500.

Building and Resource Consents Fund

Mike Chase, Ōtaki Civil Defence coordinator applied for funds to assist with hire costs for meetings, training and planning sessions at the Ōtaki Memorial Hall. The $500 applied for was approved.

At the conclusion of the meeting it was proposed and agreed the Ōtaki Foodbank receive $1000 and Ōtaki Christmas decorations fund $1025 from remaining monies after the final grants pay outs for the 2015/16 financial year.

Presentation: Zeal Education Trust

Zeal Education Trust members David Orchard and Brook Turner and others spoke to the Board about the programmes and events they have for the young people in the wider Kapiti region. Among education programmes are barista, hospitality and technology training at the centre next to Pak ‘N Save Paraparaumu. They are in close contact with Ōtaki College principal Andy Fraser.

Bus Service Review

Bus Service Review, presented by Greater Wellington Regional Council (GWRC) transport team, noting a major review of all services with a new train timetable coming into service in 2017 and changes to the number of buses schedules and some routes. Kapiti representative on the GWRC Nigel Wilson was at the meeting. (See further information in separate story.)

Chairperson’s Business

Mr Kofoed reported on meetings and events over the previous six weeks, which included attending a meeting with Winstone’s Ashford Park quarry development community group and the need for a liaison representative from the ŌCB, Chris Papps volunteered to fill this position. Attended Friends of the Ōtaki River planting days, Haruatai Park walkway to the former sanatorium, noting weed control was needed and expressed thanks to the Ōtaki beachfront group monitoring the foreshore and from the Ōtaki Foodbank for the support they receive from the wider community.

Members Business

Chris Papps reported on the successful Curtain Bank offer to supply curtains to the needy. She has met with Ōtaki College principal Andy Fraser re the (former) community garden at the college noting fruit and produce growing there going to waste.

She noted problems with the cyclists flashing lights at the Ōtaki River Bridge operating when no cyclists around; this is a New Zealand Transport Agency issue.

Councillor Penny Gaylor reported on the $300,000 funding for widening and improvements on Waitohu Valley Road.

Chairman James Cootes was absent and his apology given at the beginning of the meeting.

There being no further business the meeting closed at 9.20pm.