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

 


Annual Plan Hearings Finish

Annual Plan Hearings Finish

Hawke’s Bay Regional Councillors yesterday completed the hearings and deliberations on 103 submissions to the draft Annual Plan for 2014/15.

“Councillors want to thank those people and groups who took time to consider our proposals and submit on areas where they saw the need for a change or to fill a perceived gap. We know that submissions take time and effort but they are a vital part of the democratic process,” says HBRC Chairman Fenton Wilson.

Verbal submissions from 35 people and organisations along with deliberations on the submissions to the draft plan were held on 4 and 5 June, and Councillors will approve the final plan with amendments at their 25 June meeting.
Key decision items:

Oil & Gas

A number of submissions were made about concerns about oil and gas exploration in the region. Since submissions were lodged and staff recommendations on these were written, the Parliamentary Commissioner for the Environment’s final report into regulation in the oil and gas industry was made public (Tuesday 3 June).

Councillors have recognised the widespread public concern about this issue and the fact they have not had time to fully analyse the PCE report yet.
They voted to lead the discussion on Oil & Gas regulation in Hawke’s Bay. They also agreed to make a funding allocation (within existing budgets) of $200,000 to enable public consultation and the potential development of plan changes to be started in the next financial year. Councillors noted priorities in Council’s Plan Change schedule may have to change to accommodate the planning changes this may bring.

Investment in Napier-Gisborne Rail line
Council received a large number of submissions on its potential investment in the Napier-Gisborne Rail line, with a number of people presenting verbal submissions, for and against the proposal to reinstate the line, or convert it into a cycle trail.

Councillors voted to participate in a feasibility study on the best use of the rail corridor going forward.

It also agreed to keep its options open to potential investment in the shortline loop, should a strong business case be presented showing a suitable return on Council’s investment.

ends

© Scoop Media

 
 
 
 
 
Parliament Headlines | Politics Headlines | Regional Headlines

 

Local Governments To Decide: Easter Trading Bill Passes

The union representing working people in the retail industry is condemning the Government for whipping its MPs to pass the controversial Shop Trading Hours Amendment Bill. More>>c

ALSO:

Departure Speech: Governor-General’s State Farewell Luncheon

"...Unfortunately I was unable to get to the Antarctic, the Chatham Islands and the Kermadecs. A dicky heart thwarted our travel to the Antarctic; and even though I volunteered to parachute into the Kermadecs to join the Young Blake expedition, time, commitments and officials frustrated my plans to visit the Kermadecs and Chathams." More>>

ALSO:

New Research: Most Homeless People Working Or Studying

“The cost of housing has been rising without corresponding increases in income, whilst the number of state houses per capita has been in decline. Many low-income people are missing out on housing, whether we recognise them as ‘homeless’ or not. More>>

ALSO:

Post-Traynor: New Offender Info Sharing Plan

“This Bill delivers on that step-change by moving away from name-based records held by individual agencies to a shared, anchor identity based on unalterable information, such as fingerprints and facial recognition. It also gives agencies access to the drivers’ licence photo database and birth, death and marriages information." More>>

  • NZ Law Foundation - New $2M fund for research on information challenges
  • Littoral: New Ship To Deliver Enhanced Naval Capability

    Defence Minister Gerry Brownlee says the Government has approved a Ministry of Defence and New Zealand Defence Force recommendation to request tenders for a new naval ship to support littoral operations. More>>

    July:

    After King's Labour Snub: Māori Party And Kiingitanga To Work Together

    Māori Party Co-leaders Te Ururoa Flavell and Marama Fox met with Kiingitanga representatives in Wellington yesterday to discuss working together on key issues for the betterment of Māori. More>>

    ALSO:

    Waitangi Claim On Rehabilitation: The 'Justus' System For Māori Not Good Enough

    Closing statements at the Waitangi Tribunal case against Corrections called for immediate steps and a comprehensive review to address the high rate of Māori reoffending. More>>

    ALSO:

    Advice: PM Sets Rules For Ministers' Treatment Of Public Servants

    Prime Minister John Key has laid down the law about the way ministers and public servants should interact, saying ministers may not always like the advice they receive, but they must listen to it carefully, respectfully and professionally. More>>

    Gordon Campbell: On The Funding Changes In Special Needs Education, And Uber

    The plan to strip out the educational support for older “special needs” children in order to meet the existing shortfall in funding for special needs in early childhood education is so miserly and relentlessly stupid as to defy belief… More>>

    SPECIAL EDUCATION (& More):

    Online Learning Plans:

    Get More From Scoop

     

    LATEST HEADLINES

     
     
     
     
     
     
     
     
     
    Regional
    Search Scoop  
     
     
    Powered by Vodafone
    NZ independent news