Mayoral News

Published: 24 Aug 2017

Mayoral News from the
Waimate District Council

Thursday 24 August 2017

Citizenship Ceremony

On Tuesday I was pleased to be able to witness the oaths and affirmations of six people and officially hand them their New Zealand Citizenship Certificates on behalf of the Department of Internal Affairs. Congratulations to Jian Liang of Chinese descent; Maria Anna Sgammini of Italian descent; Leoner Stanistreet, Luke Stanistreet and Rosemary Watts of British descent; and Dale Curtis of South African descent - I wish you all the best in your life as New Zealand citizens.

South Canterbury Business Awards
Our Council was pleased to offer support sponsorship for the 2017 South Canterbury Chamber of Commerce Business Excellence Awards held last Friday in Timaru. I would like to congratulate the winners of each category and encourage businesses from the Waimate District to enter next year.

Civil Defence Local Controller
At Tuesday’s Council meeting the green light was given for Stuart Duncan, our Chief Executive to act as an additional Civil Defence Local Controller. This means that for any emergency when Council activates its EOC, or Emergency Operations Centre, Stuart will be rostered to manage the overall response.

Council Biennial Residents’ Survey
Every two years Council commissions an independent research company to undertake a survey on community perception of Council services and representation. In March and April 2017, the National Research Bureau surveyed 300 residents of the Waimate District. Comparison data is provided to enable Council to compare results with other Local Authorities and with other similar sized Councils. The results from this survey will be used to identify and plan for improvements. The survey results are available on Council’s website www.waimatedc.govt.nz.

Long Term Plan
Our Council is already in full swing with Long Term Plan workshops. This entails a massive amount of work by both staff and elected members as we prepare the document which will underpin Council’s work programme for the next ten years.

Flooding Damage to Waimate District Roads
And lastly, a message from our roading team - motorists in the Waimate District are asked to take care as a number of local roads have been damaged by the recent flood waters, especially in the Hakataramea Valley. Contractors are working on repairs. All roads are open but please drive carefully.

Craig Rowley
Mayor