Waikanae, Waikanae

22 days ago

KCDC structure change

Salima from Paraparaumu Beach

At KCDC’s first meeting of the new triennium on 7 November 2019, significant changes to the Council’s governance framework were made with little to no explanation of the rationale behind the changes.

The Local Government Act provides for the Mayor to establish committees and appoint his … View more
At KCDC’s first meeting of the new triennium on 7 November 2019, significant changes to the Council’s governance framework were made with little to no explanation of the rationale behind the changes.

The Local Government Act provides for the Mayor to establish committees and appoint his choice of elected members to serve on those committees. In this triennium, the Mayor disestablished the (previously separate) Operations and Finance Committee and Strategy and Policy Committees. Instead, it appears he amalgamated them into one ‘super’ Committee, now called the Strategy and Operations Committee.

Given KCDC is the second most indebted Council in the country, the absence of a finance-specific committee may serve to diminish specific focus and scrutiny of Council finances. Such a major change needs explanation and justification.

The second significant change to the governance framework was the introduction of portfolio management positions. The accompanying Officer’s Report explains that, “A portfolio approach enables individual councillors to be given responsibility for a particular focus and enables individual councillors to take an active leadership role within the community.”
The 14 portfolios identified in the report fall into 2 categories, A and B. Elected members holding portfolios in category A receive an additional $14,610 per annum in remuneration, and those holding portfolios in category B receive an additional $9,056 per annum in remuneration. The Officer’s Report provides no detail on how these portfolio holders will report back to the Council or the community. Nor does it detail how their roles will influence inputs to decision-making.

An Official Information Act request for all documents and correspondences relating to portfolio management since the commencement of the triennium, provided me with little written evidence that councillors are taking an “active leadership” role in those assigned areas.
The documents obtained indicate that initially, staff were assigned to be liaison officers to the portfolio holders, but that action seems to be as far as the implementation of the new governance framework has progressed. The scope of work specific to each portfolio and the public reporting requirements from portfolio holders is not defined. There are no ongoing meetings between portfolio holders and staff. Discussions with various councillors indicate they too are confused with respect to how to make substantive progress within these specific portfolio governance roles.

Some Councillors have more than one portfolio assigned, whereas Councillor Randall has no portfolio assignment at all. I understand he was never offered one.

This new governance framework was to be reviewed by Council three months from the commencement of the triennium. This has not happened. In an email dated 21 January 2020, the Mayor explains to councillors that, “…this is a new approach so there is a suck-it-and-see element”.

My investigation of the new governance framework suggests the implementation of portfolio management has been woeful. There is no accountability mechanism in place for the community to judge the effectiveness of councillors in these roles. The non-assignment of a portfolio to one councillor seems undemocratic for him and his constituents. And the single ‘super’ Committee structure is of concern for reasons that I will outline in a future column.

14 days ago

Creating healthier, carbon-zero homes

Jo Haywood Reporter from Homed

Hey neighbours, there are few Kiwis who haven't experienced cold or damp housing at some point in New Zealand, whatever part of the country you call home. So what's being done to change that for future generations?

Here's … View more
Hey neighbours, there are few Kiwis who haven't experienced cold or damp housing at some point in New Zealand, whatever part of the country you call home. So what's being done to change that for future generations?

Here's how a passive revolution and building code changes could help our health - and the climate.

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14 days ago

#FlashbackFriday

The Team from Wellington Water

We found this photo in a retro booklet all about the Waterloo Pumping Station (now known as the Waterloo Water Treatment Plant) from 1981, and had to compare it to what it looks like now!


The station opened on 15 May 1981, and was designed to use the artesian underground water resource of the … View more
We found this photo in a retro booklet all about the Waterloo Pumping Station (now known as the Waterloo Water Treatment Plant) from 1981, and had to compare it to what it looks like now!


The station opened on 15 May 1981, and was designed to use the artesian underground water resource of the Lower Hutt Valley to its maximum extent 💧

Eight wells supply water from the Waiwhetu aquifer to the Water Treatment Plant located right next to the Waterloo Train Station 🚉

Learn more about the treatment plant here: wellingtonwater.co.nz/your-water/drinking-water/

14 days ago

5 NEW Crazy Deals and more Winter Sale deals

Paulas Home & Living

Over 70% off Crazy Deals, be quick. Floor stock deals, only while stocks last.

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14 days ago

For Sale 1/2 Cubic Metre Lime 15mm Lime- chip pebbles for garden borders

Jackie from Otaki District

Do your garden borders need some love this weekend? I ordered the wrong lime product for my garden and can’t use as I need lime sand. Central Otaki pickup, trailer and shovel needed, easy access. Paid $75, sell $60

Price: $60

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14 days ago

FREE measure and quote

RetroFit Double Glazing - Wellington

Are you spending a lot more time at home these days and constantly tired of freezing during winter? Let us help you make your home warmer, drier and healthier all year round with a tailored retrofit double glazing solution for your home. Get your free measure and quote here or call 0800 658 658.

14 days ago

Have you signed up to get free gardening advice?

Mei Leng Wong Reporter from NZ Gardener & Get Growing

In this week’s issue we go undercover with tips and tools for glasshouses. It’s time to make your bird-friendly garden count, prune fruit trees, watch out for frosty weather, move seedlings under cover and pick celery before disease strikes.
Plus make your own hanging chandelier planter and … View more
In this week’s issue we go undercover with tips and tools for glasshouses. It’s time to make your bird-friendly garden count, prune fruit trees, watch out for frosty weather, move seedlings under cover and pick celery before disease strikes.
Plus make your own hanging chandelier planter and follow Jane Packer’s advice to decorate your kitchen and dining spaces with flowers. Be in to win Jane Packer Flowers and the NZ House & Garden July issue.

Delivered every Friday to your email inbox, Get Growing digital magazine offers seasonal gardening advice from the NZ Gardener magazine's team of experts. Each week we answer all your burning questions on raising fruit and veges and tell you the top tasks to do in your backyard this weekend. Subscribe here:

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14 days ago

Mower maintenance

Lawn Pro Solutions

Pro tip#4 As the weather cools, we begin to mow a lot less. So it’s a good time to remember to wash under our mowers after each use. Decomposing grass & weeds underneath your mower can spread over the lawn, then lead to future problems like fungal diseases. #keepitgreen.

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16 days ago

COVID-19

Margaret from Waikanae

Microbiologist Dr Siouxsie Wiles is echoing assurances from health officials, saying testing for COVID-19 at borders is not effective.

The New Zealand Government has recently implemented stricter measures for incoming travellers following new cases.

Currently, there are 10 active cases of … View more
Microbiologist Dr Siouxsie Wiles is echoing assurances from health officials, saying testing for COVID-19 at borders is not effective.

The New Zealand Government has recently implemented stricter measures for incoming travellers following new cases.

Currently, there are 10 active cases of coronavirus in New Zealand. So far, the infected individuals are all New Zealanders who have returned from overseas.

Testing for COVID-19 is now mandatory at managed isolation facilities and travellers must test negative before they are allowed to leave.

Director-General of Health Dr Ashley Bloomfield is defending the decision not to test at borders, as he says assessing people during quarantine is more accurate.

Dr Wiles agrees, saying it is the right move.

"The thing about doing it slightly later at three days rather than on arrival is it will also potentially catch people who picked up the virus in transit."

She says New Zealanders need to expect more cases of COVID-19 coming in from overseas as Kiwis try to return home from countries which still have large amounts of infections.

"This virus is essentially accelerating overseas so lots and lots of countries are not doing what we did, they aren't managing to contain the virus."

She says many countries are still struggling to contain the virus.

"It's absolutely understandable that people will be wanting to come home given that we are at alert level 1 and other countries are opening up and yet it isn't really safe to do that."

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15 days ago

Covid19 Second Wave in Marche?

Sylvie-Patricia from Waikanae

Covid19 NZ This morning 9am on the 25/06/20
www.health.govt.nz...
Don't forget about the biest she is lurking around the corner...

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15 days ago

Kiwi Slang for Pets Lovers

Sylvie-Patricia from Paws Family Ltd

Unisex Hoody

Regular fit
Mid weight, 290 GSM

80% cotton 20% polyester anti-pill fleece

Pullover hood, raglan sleeves, kangaroo pocket, lined hood, tonal drawcord… View more
Unisex Hoody

Regular fit
Mid weight, 290 GSM

80% cotton 20% polyester anti-pill fleece

Pullover hood, raglan sleeves, kangaroo pocket, lined hood, tonal drawcord

Sleeve cuff ribbing, preshrunk to minimise shrinkage

Price-point

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15 days ago

Did you heard of the Pop Up Business School?

Sylvie-Patricia from Paws Family Ltd

I came across this and decied that this could help boost my business...
It is just amazing...
The FREE to attend 5, 7 and 10-Day business accelerator takes attendees through an inspirational and experiential business building (let's get started now) course. There are online and venue versions … View more
I came across this and decied that this could help boost my business...
It is just amazing...
The FREE to attend 5, 7 and 10-Day business accelerator takes attendees through an inspirational and experiential business building (let's get started now) course. There are online and venue versions supporting delivery of the workshops.
​Attendees learn about:

Sales

Marketing

Compliance

Building websites

How to build a business for free... and more
At the end of this there is a Trade Show for Participant to Be Able to Present their Products out in The Community..
I heard that this will be next Tuesday 30/06/20 at Coastlands...
If interested come and get a look, no striings attached !
PawsFamilyLtd will have a Table there too...

Free

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15 days ago

Kiwi Slang in NZ

Sylvie-Patricia from Paws Family Ltd

Kiwi Slang in New Zealand shared on lot of Websites (Travel Agencies, Languages Schools, Cultural Informations..) as well on Videos etc...
Kiwi Slang is a reality..
www.absolutebus.co.nz...

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24 days ago

Support Local!

Sylvie-Patricia from Paws Family Ltd

Sylvie found that speaking Kiwi Slang is sweet as; it is an expression of unique identity, it is part of the New Zealander Culture both historical and contemporary and should not disappear.

PawsFamily want to contribute on saving this "Lingo Heritage" then Kiwi Slang is a "unique … View more
Sylvie found that speaking Kiwi Slang is sweet as; it is an expression of unique identity, it is part of the New Zealander Culture both historical and contemporary and should not disappear.

PawsFamily want to contribute on saving this "Lingo Heritage" then Kiwi Slang is a "unique way" of sayings and catch phrases that have been passed down from generation to generation and make little to no sense to anyone who isn't or was nether from/in the Land of the Long White Cloud.

The usage of Kiwi Slang is not considered offensive; rather it is generally viewed as a symbol of pride and endearment for the people of New Zealand so visitors beware!

Whether you're an abroad Kiwi, or a New Zealand Newbie trying to figure out "what the heck everyone is talking about", we've created a pet lovers' collection of some of the sayings you should know.

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15 days ago

Retirees this is for you

Sylvie-Patricia Claren from Combined Probus Club Of Waikanae Incorporated

Retirees, you don't know what to do?
You still want to enjoy your life?
You want to do something useful?
You need to meet people?
You have skills to share?
You are a good Leader?
We need you!
Join us Here!

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