According to district mayor, Dr Jason Smith, after nearly a decade of a rocking boat, it seems that conditions with the Kaipara District Council will be ‘more plain sailing and rapidly progressing towards being ship-shape’.
The council annual report highlights steady and continuing debt reduction, community development and setting plans in motion for the next decade through the future Long Term Plan.
The year saw consistently high numbers of building development, with a population growth of 2.4%, and resource consents have risen from 263 in 2015 to 508 in 2018.
A big part of council’s yearly spend included capital projects, such as roading, water main renewals, wastewater reticulation extensions, and community projects such as picnic tables, shade sails and new paths along the Northern Wairoa River at the Dargaville waterfront.
“This annual report charts the end of a turnaround in fortunes for Kaipara District Council.
“It also signals the start of a new, more stable and healthy time filled with all the abundant well-being promise of ‘Kaipara te oranganui’. This is how you chart our fresh start,” said Mayor Smith.
“Council’s audit report states a particular highlight from a financial perspective is the level of external debt, which has reduced to $46m from $62m in the prior year,” said Deloitte auditor, Peter Gulliver.
The Annual Report 2017/18 is available at kaipara.govt.nz.