Waikanae Meeting Calls On Council Chief To Resign Over Closure Of Recycling Centre

An angry meeting of Waikanae residents has roundly condemned the Kāpiti District Council’s decision to close the local recycling centre.

Waikanae Recycling Centre

Some 60 people at the Waikanae Beach Community Hall called unanimously for the resignation of the KCDC Chief Executive, Wayne Maxwell — and decided to take the issue to the Ombudsman.

Speakers Nigel Wilson, Margaret Stevenson-Wight, John Vickerman, Jackie Elliot and Jocelyn Pravanov spoke about the many alleged irregularities in relation to the councils handling of the issue. 

It was noted that the Ombudsman has previously ruled that a vote taken in a workshop is not valid.  Further, the casting vote of the Mayor ( K Gurunathan) in this situation is contentious as a straw vote should not have been undertaken.

Participants at the meeting were surprisingly in their condemnation of the council, the behavior of non-elected council officers and the lack of transparency in the reasons for the closure. 

A series of resolutions was passed, unanimously, to begin a process of further action. These are:

Resolutions Passed at the Meeting held 11 July at Waikanae Beach Community Centre are.

One:  Moved:  Chair ( Dr M O’Sullivan)        Seconded:  Loretta Pomare

That this meeting request the Ombudsman review the legality of the decision made by KCDC to close the Waikanae Recycling Centre.’

Carried Unanimously

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Two:    Moved Chair (M O’Sullivan    Seconded Blanche Charles

‘That this meeting call on the CEO of KCDC, Mr Wayne Maxwell, to resign, following the abusive email sent to councillors on June 22nd, 2021.’

Carried. There were no votes against the motion.  Elected Council members abstained from voting. 

  Moved Chair (M O’Sullivan)      Seconded:  Edwina Allen

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Three: “That the Environmental Protection Agency panel considering the Summerset development at Park Avenue instate a condition of the resource consent that Summerset must provide an offset in the form of a recycling centre in Waikanae if the area of the current recycling centre is used as a construction access for the Summerset development or if Summerset purchases the recycling centre land.”

Carried Unanimously

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