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Virtual highway moves from the drawing board


A gesture of community spirit

 by Colin Patterson

The region’s economic development agency is seeking help from Kaipara District Council to bring the Twin Coast Discovery Highway into the digital age. The initiative from It could also provide Northland Inc was outlined visitors with interpretative by its chief executive material on local David Wilson when he attractions and sites. gave his organisation’s “We want more visitors. submission to Kaipara But we also want them District Council’s draft to stay for longer. If you Annual Plan last week. get them to slow down, Mr Wilson says you win.” the proposal started Mr Wilson wants the when the New Zealand app running within the Transport Agency decided next 12 months. But he  Northland Inc CEO it would revitalise the agrees it is also important David Wilson signage on the route. It that hospitality providers starts in Auckland, heads north to the and operators come on board to make Brynderwyns and then turns left at the the platform truly interactive. “Auckland is one of the biggest intersection with State Highway 12. Mr Wilson says the Twin Coast markets for Northland, with a population Discovery Highway was New Zealand’s of 1.5 million. A lot of them come first touring route. “The aim is to bring north. Northland is their preferred it into the 21st century.” holiday destination.” While changing and updating signage Although Kaipara District Council’s is relatively straightforward, Mr Wilson financial problems mean it has not wants to transform the route via a new contributed financially to Northland Inc app, that supplements information in recent years, Mr Wilson says he looks currently found on Google Maps or forward to its input into the Twin Coast GPS. “When you drive into Dargaville Discovery Highway initiative. But money from the council is not the app can tell you what attractions are open and what accommodation essential. “We’ll go ahead whether or is available.” not council contributes.” 


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 As we are every year, we here at the Kaipara Lifestyler have been proud to feature pages of red poppies representing our business community this ANZAC Day. As in years before, we have also been pleased to offer a donation to the RSA from this special edition of our newspaper. RSA President John McLean expressed his deepest gratitude in receiving this token of our support — both as a local business ourselves and as the representative of those business leaders who so vividly made their respect and remembrance clear on the 25th. He’s seen here accepting the cheque from Andy Bryenton and Kylie McMullen. Thanks to one and all who took part!

Beneath the Surface John Robertson QSO

Chair of Commissioners

When appointed to govern the Kaipara District Council in September 2012, the Commissioners were provided with a set of tasks, laid out in a Gazette Notice issued by the Minister of Local Government. Every three months the Commissioners report to the Minister on their progress towards meeting the tasks. The last task set for the Commissioners is set down for the period July to October 2015. It is described as follows. The Commissioners will develop an exit plan to facilitate a smooth transition back to an elected Council. This may include: • Recommendations for any Government assistance required (eg special legislation) • Recommendations to use the Ministerial intervention and assistance provisions proposed as part of the Local Government Act 2002 Amendment Bill 2012 to assist the newly elected Council if appropriate; and • A plan for the induction of the new mayor and councillors to be elected in 2015. An elected Council is destined to replace the Commissioners in October 2015. Many of the tasks required to be accomplished by the Commissioners have been accomplished, some remain work in progress, and some like the last task described above have yet to be undertaken. Commissioners will put in place a plan for the induction of elected members. As members of the Kaipara community however, we should also be putting our minds towards the elections. Kaipara needs candidates who will stand for election, and who will bring the skills, community interest, and passion to Council that will form a great governance team for our district. As Commissioners, our promise to successfully elected candidates is to leave you with a Council that is in good shape – one that is financially sustainable, that is engaged with the many communities that make up Kaipara, and that is organisationally competent. We will leave you with a reliable Long Term Plan, with asset management plans that

are robust, and with a series of community action plans that have been embraced by residents. If you are interested in finding out about how Council works, or if you wish to discuss the demands of being an elected member, you might: • Ask a previously elected member for advice. • Attend a Council meeting or two. • Ask to meet with a Commissioner. The Kaipara District Council is a complex organisation, carrying out many activities – running libraries, managing networks like roads, providing parks and supporting community activities. For elected members this makes being part of the governance team interesting and challenging. The Kaipara District Council is also an important public organisation for our District. It provides services that we cannot provide alone. It keeps our roads open, our wastewater systems operating, and it is there if there is a civil defence emergency. As an elected member, you are there to guide the operation of Council – to set policies and ensure that they are abided by; to develop plans and approve contracts, and monitor their application; to work with members of the community and community groups, supporting their initiatives. The Council’s Chief Executive will report to your Council, and with the support of Council staff, will manage its operations. Kaipara is a district made up of many communities. As an elected member you will represent the whole district, and you will be amazed and impressed by the level of engagement for the public good that exists. Think about this. When the Commissioners end their time as the Council’s governors, Kaipara needs to replace them with a Mayor and Council that can take our District forward. Are you a possible candidate, or do you know someone who should consider standing?

Kaipara Lifestyler, May 6 2014  

Kaipara's only regional community newspaper. 10,000 copies delivered FREE throughout the Kaipara: Dargaville, Ruawai, Paparoa, Matakohe, Mau...

Kaipara Lifestyler, May 6 2014  

Kaipara's only regional community newspaper. 10,000 copies delivered FREE throughout the Kaipara: Dargaville, Ruawai, Paparoa, Matakohe, Mau...