Mes­sage from the Mayor

The Tribune (NZ) - - SQUARE CIRCULAR -

Wel­come to Spring… with tem­per­a­tures im­prov­ing it has been an­other busy cou­ple of months with Chi­nese vis­i­tors, and many events and con­fer­ences in the city in­clud­ing one where our staff won an­other na­tional award.

The tour of the city and re­gion by a del­e­ga­tion of 40 busi­ness peo­ple from China, along­side my re­cent visit to China and our sis­ter city, Guiyang, has helped high­light our re­gion’s po­ten­tial and opened doors to stronger more in-depth re­la­tion­ships, in ed­u­ca­tion, food sci­ence and trade. Our city is open for busi­ness and I’m con­fi­dent op­por­tu­ni­ties will be­gin to be re­alised to help our city and wider re­gion to grow. I’m pleased to see a new dig­i­tal pedes­trian cross­ing go in on Ruahine Street. It al­lows you to cross at your own walk­ing speed and looks for gaps in the traf­fic for you to cross, which help re­duce the ef­fects on com­muters. The re­cent road cross­ing safety re­view iden­ti­fied some safety is­sues and Coun­cil staff are now pri­ori­tis­ing work to bring them up to stan­dard. Con­grat­u­la­tions to Coun­cil staff in the Con­tact Cen­tre, they re­cently won a na­tional award for their great ser­vice. Not only do they look af­ter the city and some of our neigh­bours but 27 other City, Dis­trict and Re­gional Coun­cils through­out New Zealand. Hav­ing a Con­tact Cen­tre avail­able 24/7 is key to pro­vid­ing res­i­dents the op­por­tu­nity to get in touch with Coun­cil staff and to re­port is­sues from missed rub­bish col­lec­tions, roam­ing dogs to pot­holes and graf­fiti. They do a ster­ling job, well done team. And fi­nally, the mu­ral in Cuba Street is a wel­come ad­di­tion to the cityscape. I hope to see more ini­tia­tives like this to brighten up and make our city a more vi­brant des­ti­na­tion. En­joy the bet­ter weather, get out and about and use the city’s great ameni­ties and path­ways.

All the best, Mayor Grant

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