Otaki Community Board September 2015

Public Speaking Time & Responses

Ōtaki Te Iwi o Ngati Tukorehe Trust member spoke to the Community Board on the success of the taiaha training course for which they received $500 to cover kaiako fees. A participant told of his personal achievements from the course.

Ōtaki Heritage Bank Preservation Trust Rex Kerr spoke on behalf of the Trust and presented the Ōtaki Roll of Honour Board to the Ōtaki Community Board. The Trust received a $500 grant to assist with costs of compiling and making the honours board. This will now hang in the Ōtaki Library.

K Gurunathan spoke as a resident re the state of the area opposite New World, used by the Ōtaki Women’s Community Club for their Sunday Markets, when especially during winter there were numerous rain filled-potholes. Any remedial work could depend on ownership of the land involved, but he would ask KCDC staff to look into it and note on Matters Under Action.

Grant Applications

Community Grants Fund 

Kapiti Kids’ Motivation Trust: was approved $500 to assist with the costs of bringing people in the sporting and arts fields to “motivate and inspire kids” in schools around Kapiti district. Trustee, Roger Booth spoke to the application saying the Trust has had no major sponsors for three to four years, which makes it difficult to bring in people from around New Zealand. The most recent visit saw children from Ōtaki, Te Horo and Waitohu schools and Ōtaki College take part in a writing workshop with Oscar Kightley, which also run through schools in Waikanae and Paraparaumu. 

Sporting Activity Grants Fund

Ōtaki Bowling Club: received  $500 for expenses to host an inter club gala in November. President Peter Whitehead agreed the gala be named after the OCB and members be invited to present prizes. Mr Whitehead spoke to the Club’s application. He noted the club is now in its 107th year since it began in 1908. They provide regular club days, galas and competitions, indoor bowls and two card subsections and pentanque club on site. Roll numbers are down with only 32 playing members. Councillor Penny Gaylor asked about sponsors and youth membership from the college.

Big Bang Adventure Trust: received $500 to provide an accurate time results for all sections of the six hour race, and tracking all teams through each check point. Trustee, Carrie Yaxley said about 200 people compete each year with 66 per cent of registrations each year being new teams or team members; they have received a 10 year Department of Conservation concession to use DoC land in the wider Kapiti-Horowhenua area. The race course is secret until just before the official start time. 

Building and Resource Consents Grants Fund 

Big Bang Adventure Trust: received $136.10 for hire of the Ōtaki Memorial Hall for race registration and the compulsory orientation meeting the night before the race. Each event costs about $45,000 to run. Following the 2014 event a donation was made to the rescue helicopter service.

Mr Cootes told those in the public gallery all applications had been discussed prior to the meeting and decisions were formalised at the open public meeting.

Update on the Peka Peka to Ōtaki (PP2O) Expressway

New Zealand Transport Agency’s project manager, Rowan Oliver and communications manager Michael Flyger addressed the Board re the current position on the planned northern expressway.  The four lane expressway will join the McKays to Peka Peka section at Te Kowhai Road – halfway between Peka Peka and Te Hapua roads, and end at Taylors Road north of Ōtaki. There will be interchanges both south end (Ōtaki Gorge Road) and north end approximately Waitohu Valley Road for southbound traffic and bottom of the railway overbridge ramp for northbound traffic, traffic overbridges at Mary Crest and Rahui Road. 

There will be two bridges — each with two lanes (north and south) over the Ōtaki River, just east of the rail bridge.

By late 2015, they hope to have completed the specimen design and principal requirements and prepared the construction and tender processes. Early to mid-2016 have completed those processes and stakeholder ‘engagements’, with construction to start in the latter part of the year. There would be a site office in the highway shopping centre and space for community involvement in the design of the bridges. To a question from board member Colin Pearce, Mr Rowan said the scheduled time-line was on track.

Board member, Rob Kofoed, asked whether there was any chance of a suggested clip-on path to the bridge being actioned, Mr Oliver couldn’t give an answer.

Cycle lanes on the Otaki Bridge approach

Ms Gaylor noted concerns re the painted cycle lanes on the highway near at the river bridge, that the southbound lane “is a lane to nowhere” and as it ends at the edge of the bridge, cyclists would be in very dangerous position with nowhere to go from following traffic; indicator signs to cross the highway to the western lane and pathway over the bridge need to be in place much sooner. A KCDC staff member who was present, said they were waiting on the delivery of flashing signs and that the cycle lane shouldn’t have been painted prior to their installation. Mr Cootes advised there was a meeting scheduled between the road safety group and NZTA.

Board Members Business

  • Mr Cootes noted a request for a permanent screen for the Gertrude Atmore Supper Room.
  • Mr Kofoed reported on the launch of Youth Pathways programme, Kapiti Youth Support and Ōtaki events.
  • Ōtaki Foodbank AGM noting 236 families and people were registered.
  • Menzshed were pleased with the grant they received to upgrade electric wiring at the shed.
  • Ms Gaylor reported on the Community Expo: 44 organisations were represented with 18 new exhibitors and was well attended.
  • Mr Cootes noted there is now one less bus stop at Te Horo Beach Road and one less bus service.

Heritage Trees

Concerns of the recent KCDC publication of re protected and heritage trees and resource consent for trimming and pruning were expressed. Stephen McArthur KCDC group manager, responded only 1,300 trees were now listed

“Council has moved a long way from the operative plan, dead trees – no resource consent charge and rules around what people can do are much more permissive than for many years.”

Emergency Management

Ms Papps attended the recent Emergency Management meeting. Asked what had happened about the meeting with MP Paul Swain re the Capital Connection – “no answer yet”. And with Greater Wellington Regional Council member Nigel Wilson re public transport for Ōtaki. Ms Gaylor asked if GWRC had ever made a formal response to Ōtaki requests – No. 

Matters Under Action

Waitohu Valley Road bridge
Concerns re pedestrian and cyclist safety on the Waitohu Valley Road bridge — no safe waiting area from traffic crossing and discussions with logging and quarry companies re safety on the narrow road and need for widening in parts, and possibility of filling berms with base course gravel.

Pedestrian crossing/s at Ōtaki Beach
Still under consultation.

Main Street footpath
The colour trail has been successful, there will be a test trial for two months.

Future use of the Former Ōtaki Court house building
There have been four proposals submitted, the final meeting and decisions took place on Thursday September 17, two days after the OCB meeting. [Grand old lady has an update]

The meeting closed at 9.30pm.