Kapiti Councillors were fully briefed on CRU Court challenge — Cr Jackie Elliott
Kapiti Districtwide Councillor Jackie Elliott has challenged a KIN story saying some councillors were not fully informed about a Coastal Ratepayers case against the KCDC.
The KIN story ( ‘Ratepayers Headed for the High Court’; Sept. 11) said: ‘November 13 is the day the High Court will hear the Coastal Ratepayers United (CRU) case against the Kapiti Coast District Council (KCDC) over changes to coastal hazards provisions.
‘Surprisingly, the KCDC has not filed a “cross appeal”, and at least five councillors were not informed about the date for the High Court hearing.’
Cr Elliott’s reply
But Councillor Elliott says: “Councillors were fully and promptly briefed on the filing by C.R.U. of an appeal to challenge a previous court decision not to make a declaration against K.C.D.C. over coastal hazards.
“In July, while reconsidering our policy work priorities, we agreed to the Mayor’s recommendation to further work on coastal hazards. The following day the action was filed by C.R.U.
“Immediately upon the subsequent release of Greater Wellington Regional Councils Regional Coastal strategy report, we agreed with
the GWRC recommendation to form a Regional climate change response group, appointing the Mayor and Deputy Mayor Janet Holborow as our representatives in August,” says Cr Elliott.
We are in the process of setting up a local working group to feed into this conversation, inviting Kapiti stakeholders to take part, we envisage those to include other councillors, Community Board, Ministry of the Environment, D.O.C, Insurance industry, North Otaki beach, Horowhenua District Council, C.R.U, Iwi and Greypower representatives.
‘Foolhardy action’ of previous council
“The council did not want to repeat the foolhardy action of a previous council which proceeded with coastal hazard mitigation action without any guidance from National or Regional scientific study”, says Cr Elliott.
“We now have the science and we will proceed in slowly and carefully in partnership with our community stakeholders and fellow regional partners to plan for the future of our coastline,” says Cr Elliott.
Cr Elliott also says the challenges of climate change, are real, and are here now. She says she has family members in Miami and the Eastern Florida coast and has been worried sick all week.