Local Govt | National News Video | Parliament Headlines | Politics Headlines | Search

 


JSP to Embark On Review Without Its Manager

JACKSON STREET PROGRAMME
MEDIA RELEASE
22 February 2013

JSP to Embark On Review Without Its Manager

The Jackson Street Programme will be embarking on a review of all its activities without its manager Robert Hutton.

Programme chair Leonie Dobbs says she has accepted Mr Hutton’s resignation, which takes effect today, with regret.

“Robert has made a big contribution, both in his role as manager for the last four years and for seven years before that as a member of the board. For many people he has been the face of the programme.”

Ms Dobbs says Mr Hutton’s departure has come at a pivotal time for the programme, which is about to embark on a survey of Petone retailers and landlords to find out what they want from the JSP in the future.

“When the programme began 20 years ago, Jackson Street was run-down and depressed. The aim was to revitalise the street and make it an attractive shopping destination,” she says.

“I think it is fair to say that we have succeeded beyond our wildest dreams. Nearly every week there’s an article in the outside media telling positive stories about Petone and attracting visitors and shoppers to the street. Petone has become really quite trendy.

“But we can’t rest on our laurels. It’s no secret that some retailers are struggling. Also the whole street needs to be prepared to meet the challenge posed by the Hutt City Council’s Plan Change 29.”

Ms Dobbs says the JSP will be developing a new strategic plan, based on the feedback it gets from stakeholders, as well as the experience of other successful Main Street initiatives in New Zealand and overseas. This will then be presented to stakeholders for feedback and endorsement.

The JSP is funded by Jackson Street commercial property owners through a special levy on their rates.

“This levy comes up for review in April, when ratepayers will be polled by the Hutt City Council to find out whether they want to continue funding the programme.”

Ms Dobbs says this is entirely appropriate. “After 20 years, we need to have a fresh look at everything we do and see if there are ways we can better meet the needs of retailers, property owners and the wider Petone community.”

Today was Mr Hutton’s last day of work (subs: Friday 22 February). Ms Dobbs says the JSP board will not be advertising for a new manager until it is certain that its new strategic plan has the support of stakeholders.

A part-time administrator will be employed in the meantime.

Trevor Walton
JSP communications

ENDS

© Scoop Media

 
 
 
 
 
Parliament Headlines | Politics Headlines | Regional Headlines

Gordon Campbell:
On The Inquiry Into One Case Of Dirty Politics

Suddenly, we’re awash in inquiries and reviews. (It feels almost as if the Greens won the last election.) Caught out by the damning inquiry by SIS Inspector-General Cheryl Gwyn, the government’s response yesterday was utterly in character – it released two other major reports at the same time to try and distract public attention...

Inquiries are supposed to re-assure the public. What these inquiry outcomes share in common is a government culture of zero responsibility. More>>

IGIS: Statement On Early Report Release

As the Inspector-General stated at the release of the report yesterday morning, she is examining what steps to take over the early disclosure of information from the report... Ms Gwyn said that she was aware of Mr Goff's subsequent statements that he had disclosed some information concerning findings in the report. She will be seeking further information from Mr Goff and others. More>>

ALSO:

IGIS ON SIS:

 
 

Parliament Today:

Temporary Release Crackdown Continues: Corrections Review Of Phillip Smith Case

“The review by Corrections’ Chief Custodial Officer reveals that the plan for Smith’s series of temporary releases was overly ambitious and misinformed. He’s a highly manipulative and deceptive person who although technically eligible, should not have been considered for temporary release." More>>

ALSO:

White Ribbon Day: Govt Resumes Sexual Violence Trial Proceedings Work

Justice Minister Amy Adams has asked the Law Commission to resume work on proposals for better supporting victims of sexual violence through the criminal process. The Law Commission will revisit its previous work on alternative pre-trial and trial processes to identify options for improving complainants’ experience in court. More>>

ALSO:

"New Faces, Wise Heads": Andrew Little Announces New Labour Line Up

Labour Leader Andrew Little today announced a bold new caucus line up which brings forward new talent and draws on the party’s depth of experience. More>>

ALSO:

Gordon Campbell: On Rick Ellis As Te Papa’s New CEO

The recent appointment of former TVNZ boss Rick Ellis to head Te Papa has copped a fair bit of criticism. Much of it has been inspired by the suspicion that Ellis has been hired to pursue the same purely commercial goals as he did at TVNZ, while similarly neglecting the serious cultural side of his mandate. More>>

Passport Cancellation, Surveillance: Draft 'Foreign Fighters Legislation' Released

The final draft of the Countering Terrorist Fighters Legislation Bill contains proposals previously announced by Mr Key in a major national security speech earlier this month. More>>

ALSO:

Related

Joint Statement: Establishment Of NZ-China Strategic Partnership

At the invitation of Governor-General Lt Gen The Rt Hon Sir Jerry Mateparae and Prime Minister The Rt Hon John Key of New Zealand, President Xi Jinping of the People’s Republic of China made a state visit to New Zealand from 19 to 21 November 2014... More>>

ALSO:

Savings Targets: Health Procurement Plan Changes Direction

Next steps in implementing DHB shared services programme Health Minister Jonathan Coleman says the Government has agreed to explore a proposal put forward by DHBs to move implementation of the shared services programme to a DHB-owned vehicle. More>>

ALSO:

More on Health Policy:

Get More From Scoop

 

LATEST HEADLINES

 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
Regional
Search Scoop  
 
 
Powered by Vodafone
NZ independent news