Candidates’ meeting at the Waikanae Beach Community Hall on Saturday 21 September from 1.30 to 3.30.
Waikanae Community Board and Waikanae Ward candidates have been invited to speak and our trio have all accepted with pleasure.
BACKGROUND INFORMATION TO CANDIDATES’ QUESTIONS
Q. Implementation of the Waikanae Beach Futures plan
After extensive consultation, a working group of 27 residents and KCDC staff produced in 2017 a community vision and action plan for Waikanae Beach entitled ‘Our Future – Waikanae Beach, in 2017’. The Action Plan has 25 recommended actions. The Waikanae Beach Residents Society surveyed its members on the priority of the 25 actions. The clear preference was the preservation of the special character of Waikanae Beach.
- Do you support the Futures Plan?
- Will you work to implement the 25 recommended actions?
- Progress and support for rezoning of 0lde Beach to ‘Beach Residential’
As an outcome of the Futures Action Plan KCDC commissioned a Character Assessment of Waikanae Beach. It recommended that Waikanae Beach be rezoned from Residential to Beach Residential to align it with Paekakariki, Raumati Beach and Otaki Beach.
A group of residents made a submission to the 2012 Proposed District Plan to have the Olde Beach rezoned Beach Residential. This was declined so the group appealed to the Environment Court. The Residents Society supported the appeal in the Court and requested that the rezoning be extended to the entire Waikanae Beach. This was not possible as it was outside the area of appeal. The case was settled with KCDC agreeing to proceed with the rezoning of the Olde Beach. This is now in process with a second round of consultation underway. Full details are available here.
- Do you support the rezoning of the Olde Beach currently in process?
- Do you support the rezoning of Waikanae Beach North and South?
Ensuring that a reasonable proportion of beach rates are spent at the beach?
The population of Waikanae Beach (3018) is 6.2% of the population of Kapiti (48,471) [according to the 2013 census, both figures will be a little higher now — Eds].
Rates charged for Waikanae Beach for the 2018/19 year ($7,366,000) are 9.5% of the total Kapiti rates ($77,889,000)
Budgeted Capital Expenditure on Parks and Open Spaces
Total Kapiti $2,155,000
Waikanae Beach $46,000 (2.1%)
Total Kapiti $1,104,000
Waikanae Beach $30,000 (2.7%%)
Total Kapiti $2,221,000
Waikanae Beach $30,000 (1.4%)
Total Kapiti $1,997,000
Waikanae Beach $30,000 (1.5%)
Note: $30,000 is budgeted each year for the Pharazyn Reserve development.
Budgeted Capital Expenditure on Asset Renewal and Upgrades of Community Facilities and Community Support
Total Kapiti $1,508,000
Waikanae Beach $21,000 (1.4%)
Total Kapiti $486,000
Waikanae Beach $Nil (0%)
Total Kapiti $854,000
Waikanae Beach $21,000 (2.5%)
Total Kapiti $893,000
Waikanae Beach $7,000 (0.8%)
Note: All expenditure is for the Community Hall.
Budgeted Capital Expenditure on Asset Renewal, New Assets and Upgrades of Recreation and Leisure Services
Total Kapiti $3,676,000
Waikanae Beach $Nil (0%)
Total Kapiti $1,287,000
Waikanae Beach $Nil (0%)
Total Kapiti $5,556,000
Waikanae Beach $Nil (0%)
Total Kapiti $1,383,300
Waikanae Beach $Nil (0%)
Our team’s answers to the following questions in all cases is “absolutely”.
- Will you ensure an increased proportion of rates will be spent in Waikanae Beach?
- Support for a new Community Hall for the beach to replace the current 70 year building
The Community Hall is well used with an average of 10 bookings per week. The building has many failings – not insulated, inadequate heating, bad acoustics, inadequate kitchen facilities, etc. The entrance has a notice from the KCDC citing S133AL of the Building Act 2004 headed, ‘Earthquake Prone Building’. It states, ‘The owner of the building is required to carry out building work to ensure that the building is no longer earthquake prone (seismic work)’ and ‘Earthquake rating has not been determined’.
In other words, the KCDC has given notice to itself to undertake work to assess the building’s safety. You will note above that in the current financial year $Nil is budgeted to be spent on the building. We could have a new hall paid for by the increase in rates at Waikanae Beach over the last two years estimated at $1.2 million per annum.
- Will you address the repair and refurbishment of the Community Hall as a matter of urgency?
- Will you look at the replacement of the hall to be put into the long-term plan refresh?
- Q. Support of a development and improvement plan for Open Spaces at the beach
There should be plans for all open spaces to ensure they are refreshed and fit for purpose eg moving from just children’s playgrounds to those fit for children and adults recognising the fitness needs of all.
Waikanae Beach has 15 public open spaces, parks and reserves. We consider there is a need for a refresh and full management plan for these parks, as recently carried out at McLean Park, to address the issues identified below noting the increased use due to more tourist traffic at the beach with the expressway which will be further enhanced when Transmission Gully opens, and addressing any health and safety concerns.
- Will you promote a thorough and comprehensive study and management plan undertaken for the open spaces, parks and reserves in the Waikanae Beach area, along the lines of the review conducted for MacLean Park?
- Adequate ‘emergency response plan’ for the beach area
Waikanae Beach residents and WBRSI members have been active in supporting emergency management at the beach, including the unique emergency needs for Waikanae North beach residents. However reciprocal support for the beach area from the new emergency agency has decreased in recent times. The beach area is exposed to a range of emergency threats which are potentially greater than other areas of the region dues to its low-lying nature and fire risk with summer drought.
- Will you promote the new emergency management agency to help develop a comprehensive emergency management plan for Waikanae Beach?
- Support to bring forward the Stormwater and Flooding plan for Waikanae
There are 19 stormwater projects planned for the beach over the next 44 years to a total value of $16.4 million dollars. Only 4 of these projects are planned to commence in the next 10 years. With climate change and projected sea level rise and the low levels of many beach areas, it is clear issues will become worse sooner than that projected over this 44-year period. The 15 projects that have already been identified after year 10 need to be brought forward sooner to minimize the risks of flooding at the beach.
- Will you bring forward the stormwater and flooding plan for Waikanae Beach?
Information is supplied by Gerald Rys, Chair WBRSI. Note that most of this was put to a Waikanae Community Board meeting by Gerald Rys in 2018 so it will be interesting to see what Ward Councilor Michael Scott and present Community Board Chair Jocelyn Prvanov have to say about it.
Questions from the Green Party, Otaki Branch, and answers:
- What would your first three actions be to work towards Kapiti council honouring its commitment to be carbon neutral by 2025?
- Insist that all those elected to Council /Community Boards and appointed Council staff (other than those for whom a vehicle is core to their work) travel by public transport to and from work and meetings and minimise the need for inter-regional travel through the use of teleconferencing.
- If and when travel is essential have a policy that airport bus links are used rather than taxis.
- Encourage and enable appointed staff (where this will not impact on the conduct of their roles) to work remotely and join meetings via teleconferencing.
2. Sending our recycling offshore is increasing difficult. What would be your local solution to recycling and reducing our communities contribution to land fill over the next three years?
- Incentivise café and coffee cart owners to encourage patrons to bring reusable mugs/cups for their take out coffee and a reusable container for take away food.
- Phase out the production of plastic reusable drink bottles in favour of drink bottles made of stainless steel.
- Promote the use of washable, reusable bags in place of the one off plastic bags available in the vegetable section of supermarkets.
3. House prices and rents have risen leaving the most vulnerable in our communities with precarious housing situations. Would you commit to building more social housing in Kapiti council building more social housing.
Yes to Council:
- Incentivising developers (within the Consents process or other policy) to make a % of their ‘new builds’ accessible and age friendly pensioner housing.
- Actively providing non fiscal support to Housing NZ and the relevant NGOs to build more social housing.
1. What would your first three actions be to work towards Kapiti council honouring its commitment to be carbon neutral by 2025?
* Tell council staff to take the train and/or bus to work except those workers who need vehicles in the course of their work, effective immediately
* Tell councilors and community board members, when going to meetings the same applies to them.
* Require all inter-regional ‘talk-fests’ involving councilors and staff to be held via video links (e.g. via Skype) at home or at the KCDC HQ, effective immediately.
2. What would be your local solution to recycling and reducing our communities contribution to land fill over the next three years?
* Encourage the use of less plastic packaging and vessels by cafés and restaurants
* Encourage reuse of plastic water bottles by people refilling from their own taps
3. Would you commit to building more social housing in Kapiti council building more social housing.
* I assume this is two questions with the separation after “Kapiti”:– the KCDC’s funds cupboard is bare as a result of disastrous management and dreadful decisions by councilors over a protracted period, so no to the KCDC doing that — but yes to the KCDC providing practical support for the central government and NGO’s to do that.
From a voter: “I only disagree about the water metres. There are in the ground and have reduced water use. They are also a useful earner for a Council that doesn’t have many income sources beyond rates. Would you recommend ripping them out? That would be costly.”
The water meters have reduced water use, but only because they have helped to detect leaks and about 70% were on council property anyway. Disestablishing them simply means returning to the regime that used to exist — the line and volumetric charges get included in the standard quarterly rates demand. For those not on the reticulated supply they will simply get a rebate for that fact. The meters are expected to be corroded after 10 years in the ground. Most of Waikanae and Paraparaumu have had them since 2014 so another 5 years is when they’ll need to be taken out or bypassed anyway.
They also cost about $300,000 a year to administer and maintain — money that could be used elsewhere — like library books. The only time Kapiti has a water supply problem is in the summer months, the rest of the year we have a lot more than we need, although in the longer term future that may not be the case, which is why we need the reservoir built.
Hopefully you have heard that there has been a major new study published in the American Medical Association’s journal, Pediatrics, that has found as association between fluoride exposure in-utero and lowered IQ.
2. Would you be willing to bring this issue to the council table?
I’m dubious about the alleged benefit of fluoridated water and personally I prefer not to have to drink it. I think that enthusiasts of fluoride could use toothpaste containing it, rather than having it imposed on everybody. There would also be a council cost saving. The position I’m standing for, the Waikanae Community Board, will not give me a vote at the council table. — Geoffrey Churchman