Coun­cil’s $8200 Wairarapa re­treat

Kapi-Mana News - - FRONT PAGE - By KRIS DANDO

A re­cent re­treat to Wairarapa for Porirua City coun­cil­lors and se­nior coun­cil staff to dis­cuss the coun­cil’s Long Term Plan cost $8200.

The two-day plan­ning trip to Sol­way in­volved 17 people.

Costs were cov­ered for ac­com­mo­da­tion, food, use of meet­ing fa­cil­i­ties and a fa­cil­i­ta­tor.

The coun­cil’s Long Term Plan out­lines pri­or­i­ties and bud­gets for the com­ing 10 years and was among the most sig­nif­i­cant work the coun­cil did, mayor Nick Leggett said.

The coun­cil used to have a re­treat at the be­gin­ning and in the mid­dle of the term.

But Leggett said be­cause many coun­cil­lors were re-elected, the first one was canned this time.

‘‘ We used this [ Wairarapa re­treat] to get the foun­da­tion laid for the long- term plan and it builds that team de­vel­op­ment be­tween staff and coun­cil­lors,’’ he said.

‘‘It gives us the space away to think about high-level pri­or­i­ties for the coun­cil as a group.’’

Leggett said us­ing the coun­cil cham­bers in Porirua or a lo­cal con­fer­ence fa­cil­ity like Gear Home­stead was not con­sid­ered.

‘‘We want to keep people there [in Sol­way]. What we find, if we do this lo­cally, is that people in­vari­ably find ex­cuses to go away dur­ing the day or come in later.’’

Long Term Plan work­shops for coun­cil­lors and coun­cil staff, will be held be­fore Christ­mas.

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