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Order in Council to support Kaikoura District Council

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Order in Council to support Kaikoura District Council in earthquake recovery

Local Government Minister Nanaia Mahuta today announced an Order in Council to support Kaikoura District Council in its planning during the earthquake recovery period.

“The Government recognises the Council is facing exceptional circumstances. Having a plan that focuses on the immediate future better reflects the reality of the ongoing recovery effort in Kaikōura.” says Minister Mahuta.

The Order, which comes into effect on 30 March 2018, means the Kaikoura District Council will operate under a customised three-year plan in place of the standard ten-year long-term plan.

The Order was made in response to a request from the Kaikoura District Council, who wrote to Minister Mahuta late last year, noting it was not well placed to deliver a long-term proposal by 30 June 2018.

“My officials have worked closely with the Council to develop the requirements for a customised three-year plan that reflects recovery efforts, while maintaining accountability and transparency to Kaikōura’s communities”

In three years’ time the Council will return to the standard planning requirements under the Local Government Act 2002.

The Council will need to set its three-year plan, in consultation with the local community, by 30 June 2018.

A similar approach was taken to support the Christchurch City Council following the Canterbury Earthquakes.

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