Penny’s Piece June 2015

Penny Gaylor Otaki's KCDC councillor
Penny Gaylor
Otaki’s KCDC councillor

Let’s get connected Otaki. Council is leading the development of a bid to bring Ultra Fast Broadband to Otaki.

Government is rolling UFB out to the rest of the Kapiti Coast, but dismissed including Otaki in the first roll-out.

Then last year Mayor Ross Church, KCDC Chief Executive Pat Dougherty and I met with the Communications Minister to pitch a Council Business Case to extend it to Otaki. Still no joy.

Now an extension of the funding is being offered to rural communities we are trying again.

And this time we need the whole Otaki community to bring our collective voice to the bid.

We do have to muster as a community because we can expect virtually every other rural community in NZ to also put in a bid. Ours has to be better, and from the whole community.

Council wants you to advise them of your needs so that we can include them in our comprehensive request for UFB.(see page 9)Imagine what it could mean to your business – to our community?

We do all sorts for one another in Otaki, so let’s get behind getting better connected to one another, and better connected to the world beyond the ‘centre of the universe’.

I’ll also be coming round local businesses to encourage them to complete the questionnaire, or I would gladly pick them up from you once you have filled it out. Just give me a call on 027 664 8869 or email penny.gaylor@kapiti.govt.nz

Meanwhile there is a promising development regarding the Capital Connection which I’ve been campaigning on alongside the train’s commuters. Last week KiwiRail quietly slipped a notice around the carriages of the Capital Connection that the service wouldn’t be stopping this month.

The notice stated, “KiwiRail expects a final outcome to be reached in the coming months and we will keep you informed. In the meantime the Capital Connection will continue operating to its current timetable.”

I understand from sources that they have begun negotiations with Horizons Council, GWRC and NZTA to see the way to a reprieve for the service.

We still need to keep up the community support that we’ve shown for some years, and the more intense political pressure of recent months.

I’ve lost track of how many times my columns have pushed the issue, and just when you think you’re banging your head on the proverbial brick wall, we’ve brought about a reprieve. Thanks to everyone who has backed this issue and backed Otaki.

This public transport to Wellington CBD brings significant income to local families and therefore economic benefit to the entire Otaki community. Let’s stay connected Otaki.