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Proudly Napier - August

Our monthly publication, featuring upcoming events, council projects and a word from our mayor - Kirsten Wise.

August Edition 

Word from our Mayor - Kirsten Wise 

Mayor Kirsten Wise Portraits Westshore May 2020 16Kia ora koutou.

August has been a busy month for us all, with the added challenge of coping with a change in alert levels.

We held our Annual Plan hearing two weeks ago. We are due to confirm our recommendations this week and adopt the Annual Plan for 2020/21.

I thank all of you who submitted to our Annual Plan, who presented to us in person, and who tuned in to our Facebook live hearing which ended up stretching over three days – we did have a lot to discuss!

You may be wondering how the Hawke’s Bay council's Three Waters Review has been progressing? The Review Report will be formally delivered to us next month before being made public.

The councils have decided to suspend this process. However the information in the report will be useful for us to proactively advocate for solutions to provide the best possible outcome for our region within the Government’s reform process.

We are continuing to receive queries from people and organisations interested in accessing our Pandemic Recovery Projects Fund.

You can read more about two of the successful applicants in this edition. Finally, I would like to say something to the Napier community about our current situation.

As you may be aware, the alert level change has affected our facilities, the parks, reserves and sports-grounds we manage, and the services we offer, in different ways. Information about these can be found on our website, on individual facility websites, and their associated social media platforms.

We are constantly planning and following offical advice regarding personal, whānau, and community health, and I encourage you to do the same.

Yes, our “safer normal” is back. Stay home if you’re sick, wash your hands, clean surfaces, cough or sneeze into your elbow, and keep track of where you have been. You should wear a mask or face covering in situations where physical distancing is not possible, such as on public transport, or in shops.

If you have cold or flu symptoms, seek medical attention.

Stay safe Napier, and be kind.

He waka eke noa – we are in this together.

 

Coffee with a councillor Maxine Boag Aug 2020 4Coffee with a Councillor 

Former teacher and keen cyclist Maxine Boag is in her 13th year as a Napier City Councillor. Her portfolio is housing, and she chairs the Napier People and Places committee, Grants sub-committee, and sits on the Civic Awards selection panel.

Why did you become interested in Council? I always had a desire to get involved in politics. I was a late starter though. In 2006 I was involved with a charitable trust which among others challenged the then Council’s position on representation, which we felt disadvantaged lower socio-economic people and minorities. The Electoral Commission agreed and the result was a mixed system (six at large councillors, six ward councillors). Following the last NCC Representation Review Napier moved to a full ward system, which I believe has been a positive change, something I am proud to have been a part of. It’s such an honour and a privilege to be a Councillor. I have learned so much, and met so many people – it gives you a lens on other people’s lives and situations.

What would you like to share about yourself? I grew up in Hastings, and Hawke’s Bay has been very good to me since I returned 30 years ago. I continued teaching, as I had done overseas, and taught at Karamu High School, and worked for Newspapers In Education among other things. I feel at home.

What do you enjoy about living in Napier? I have lived in some lovely places – four years in Toronto, Ontario (Canada), eight years in Victoria, British Columbia, and three in Zimbabwe. Nowhere’s perfect but Napier is about as close as you can get.

What’s something people may not know about you? I have had a hearing aid for the past six months. Many years ago I was in a serious accident, which a­ elected my hearing on one side. I have managed very well since then but it has definitely helped, particularly in social situations and around the Council table.

What do you wish you had more time for? To bike around the cycleways with my partner Pete. It’s nice to be out in the fresh air. I have completed the Otago rail trail, and next year it would be nice to do the one in Coromandel. Biking is my thing. I have had an electric bike for eight years, and do a spin cycling class three times a week.

Favourite coffee? Latte.

Are you a dog or cat person? Neither. I’m a people person.

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