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Annual Plan

Each year we plan ahead for the next 12 months. In our Annual Plan, we also outline our major projects, and how we intend to pay for these (which includes the setting of next year’s rates). If the Long-Term Plan is the grand strategy, mapping our goals for Napier in the decade ahead, then the Annual Plan details how we’ll get there.

Our Annual Plan also shows how we’re tracking against our Long Term Plan. It gives us an opportunity to review information, update budgets and make adjustments if we need to.    

Because even the best-made plans sometimes don’t go to plan! There are various reasons we make changes – sometimes we can’t deliver what we hoped and have to push a project into next year, or there might be compelling reasons to bring work forward that was scheduled for further down the track.

Our Annual Plan 2019/20

Our Annual Plan 2019/20 (14MB) was formally adopted by NCC on Friday 28 June, 2019. It contained some significant changes to our Long Term Plan. The key elements of the final Annual Plan include:

  • Drinking water was named our "number one priority"
  • Our community has expressed concern about 'dirty water'. We're bringing forward $7.8m of infrastructure projects that'll enhance our water network and improve water clarity.
  • We approved $200,000 to fund a report to examine the feasibility and cost of providing citywide unchlorinated water supply (that meets new national drinking water regulations).
  • Waste Management. Major changes to international markets have forced councils to change their kerbside recycling services. From May 2019 the cost of our recycling service will increase and we won't be taking plastics 3-7. NCC will continue to subsidise the cost of kerbside recycling.
  • Hawke's Bay Disaster Relief Trust. A regional trust to help collect and distribute donations in an emergency has been established.
  • Provincial Growth Fund. NCC has made several applications to the Government's Provincial Growth Fund.

Where your money goes

This infographic outlines our priority areas from our Long Term Plan - and what we're intending to do in 2019/20.

Consulting Napier

We took our draft Annual Plan 2019/20 out to the city in April 2019. Many of the changes we were proposing involved trade-offs. An example? Our recycling levy was previously $19 per household per year, yet the actual cost is $72 per household (and rising). We had been covering the shortfall from our reserves (savings), but this was obviously not sustainable long-term. And so we asked our residents how they wished to fund the service. We had a couple of options:

  • A part-pay option now where we increase the levy by $39 per household per year over the next three years - and continue meeting part of the cost from our reserves.
  • Or a full cost option which costs an extra $76 per year (with a corresponding greater rates increase). 

The community's preference was for a part-pay option which was duly adopted by NCC.

Key dates 

Our consultation period ran from Monday 8 April until Monday 13 May 2019. We advertised this heavily in newspapers, radio and social media. We also had three public meetings. These were the significant dates from consultation to adoption.

Community Feedback meetings

  • Monday 15 April, 6.00-7.00pm. Small Exhibition Hall, Napier War Memorial Centre
  • Wednesday 17 April, 11.00am-12.00pm. Greenmeadows East Community Hall, 83 Tait Drive, Taradale.
  • Thursday 2 May, 6.00-7.00pm. Living Waters, 9 Durham Street, Tamatea.
 Annual Plan deliberation
  • Tuesday 4 June, 9.00am. Large Exhibition Hall, Napier War Memorial CentreThis was where our councillors deliberated on the public feedback we'd received and made some changes to the Annual Plan. 
Annual Plan adoption
  • Friday 28 June, 3pm. Council Chamber, Hawke's Bay Regional Council. The revised annual plan was put to the vote and adopted.   
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