This week marks the start of a new era for Napier residents. From 1 October you can begin using your Council supplied wheelie bins for rubbish collection.
As you may have read in the booklet supplied with each bin, Omarunui landfill, which we manage together with Hastings District Council, is filling up much faster than expected. In the past four years alone there has been a 25% increase in waste received at the landfill.
There are simple ways you can help, by making sure you don’t put the wrong items, such as garden waste, in your bin, and thinking about other ways you can help reduce waste. We are also about to start workshops for people interested in turning their garden and kitchen waste into fertiliser.
Council is also proposing to offer a remission on next year’s rates bill for those who manage to reduce their wheelie bin collection to fortnightly, rather than weekly.
For more information, visit our kerbside webpage.
You may have seen some bilingual flags on Marine Parade and near Te Whanganui a Orotū (Ahuriri estuary).
The region’s five councils collaborated to produce these flags to celebrate Te Wiki o Te Reo Māori (Māori Language Week) earlier this month. The Wairoa district has had flags since 2013, so I’m proud the rest of us have now done the same.
The flags show simple ki waha, or everyday sayings you could use every day. Some of which you may already know, such as kia kaha (be strong). Others are not quite so wellknown but I think are very fitting for this year, such as me manaaki tētahi i tētahi (look after each other), and me mahi tahi (work together). Don’t be scared to have a go at using them!
I would also like to share a common proverb with you. Naku te rourou nau te rourou ka ora ai te iwi - with your basket and my basket the people will live.
This proverb refers to co-operation and the combining of resources for the greater good, a reminder of what we have achieved this year in Napier, and always strive to achieve
Keith Price was first elected to Napier City Council in 2007. This time the fifth term councillor is chairing the Sustainable Napier committee, and is also a member of the Clifton to Tangoio Coastal Hazards Strategy joint committee, Hawke’s Bay Crematorium and Port Noise Liaison committees. He holds the transportation portfolio, which covers traffic management, transport connection, cycling, the Napier Port connection, and road safety and community engagement relating to transportation.
I enjoy serving the public and that’s what Council is about. I was a policeman for 28 years and then went into hospitality. I talked to (then Councillor) Mark Herbert, who encouraged me to stand. I’ve worked with three different mayors over the years. Every one has a different style, but I have to say it feels in this latest term that we’re sharing more with the public. The Annual Plan process just recently is a good example. It was really well run.
I was born in Hastings, then went to Frasertown and Gisborne, attending Gisborne Boys High. I joined the police in Gisborne, and in those days you had to go to Wellington if you wanted to train to be a detective. I was involved with the Teresa Cormack case, from the day she went missing until the day her killer was arrested – 14 years. Where I spent my last year on the force as a Detective Sergeant in Upper Hutt. After retiring from the police I became involved with the Brazen Head and Thirsty Whale establishments - hard work, but good. My youngest is involved in basketball and I’ve been involved with the sport for five years, for the last year as chair of Basketball HB. I’m still a rugby man though.
It’s home, I don’t think I could live anywhere else. You can’t beat the weather, and I have lots of friends and family here. What’s something people may not know about you? I would say really I’m an open book. People will never wonder what I’m thinking as I generally say it.
What do you wish you had more time for?
Just for living life. This term of Council, we’re certainly doing more hours than we used to.
Dog. We have two caboodles (poodle & King Charles Cavalier spaniel cross) named Beaudie and Charlie, after Beauden Barrett and Charlie Faumuina.
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