Message from the Mayor
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