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Big decisions for Napier’s next Council

Published: 1 August 2022

Last Updated: 8 August 2022

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The new Napier City Council will face some big decisions when they’re elected in October, outlined in the just-released Pre-Election Report. Some decisions stem from the challenges the current Council is working through, while others are the result of issues Council has been debating for a while. Across the board, significant and strategic calls will rest with the next Council.

Napier Aquatic Centre, a new Library and Civic Precinct, National Aquarium of New Zealand and the Napier War Memorial are all on the ‘to do’ list for the incoming Council.

Napier City Council’s 2022 Pre-Election Report covers key opportunities and challenges, financial information from the past three years including the current financial position, and a run-down of the ambitious work programme Council has planned for the next three years through its Long Term Plan (LTP) 2021-31.

Pre-election reports are a legislative requirement, produced every three years independent of elected members. They provide voters and candidates with important information and stimulate public discussion, in the lead up to local body elections.

Napier City Council has achieved much despite the effects of the COVID-19 pandemic. This includes:

  • Isolating Tamatea-Parklands drinking-water network to help solve dirty water issues;
  • Securing land on Mataruahou (Napier Hill) for a new drinking-water reservoir;
  • Reforming waste and recycling collections;
  • Introducing a new stormwater bylaw;
  • Adopting Napier’s first disability and positive ageing strategies; and,
  • The introduction of the Napier Assist Āwhina Tāngata team.

Managing city growth through a revised District Plan, continuing to strengthen partnerships with mana whenua, increasing and improving community resilience and taking climate change into consideration means the incoming Council will have plenty to do, says Dr Steph Rotarangi, NCC Chief Executive. This is during a climate of legislative change from central government including proposed Three Waters Reforms, Resource Management Act changes, and the review of local government.

To view the Pre-Election Report 2022, visit the Napier City Council website.

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