Advice For Kapiti’s New Council

Political Correspondent Roger Childs has this advice for the new Kapiti Coast District Council:

Kapit Coast District Council HQ
  1. You have been elected to be the governors, so we expect you to govern.
  2. Don’t always defer to the advice of the CEO and other Council staff.
  3. Reverse the cut in the Library Budget at the first business meeting and then progressively increase this budget year by year.
  4. Put a ban on the Council administration gambling on derivatives.
  5. Set in motion the process for building a new Waikanae Library.
  6. Allow public speaking time at weekly meetings – 3 to 5 minutes per person – with everything recorded.
  7. Have all meetings open to the public.
  8. Limit the use of consultants and get the highly paid staff to do the surveys and assessments  needed.
  9. Reduce the numbers of Media staff and increase the staff working on parks, paths, stream edges and reserves.
  10. Do not immediately increase salaries and allowances.

An important addition to that — set a start date for the building of a water reservoir. We may not need it straight away but will soon. The land for it is already owned by the council and the construction cost could be shared with a power generation company. Neil McKay, former chairman of Electra, confirmed during the campaign this is the sort of thing the power company is interested in doing.

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