Mes­sage from the Mayor

The Tribune (NZ) - - Square Circular - Kia Ora

It's mid­win­ter al­ready and the City hasn't slowed down at all with lots of events hap­pen­ing from sports and mo­tor rac­ing to mu­sic fes­ti­vals and shows. I hope you man­aged to get along to the very first Thurs­day Night Street Feast. With Food Trucks and sup­pli­ers from all over the lower North Is­land, it was an over­whelm­ing suc­cess. Peo­ple were stop­ping in on their way home af­ter work and fam­i­lies came into the City to try some of the won­der­ful foods on of­fer. Plans are al­ready be­ing worked on to make fu­ture Street Feasts even bet­ter. Last month on World Smokefree Day I at­tended the launch of the Coun­cil's new smokefree con­di­tions for out­door din­ing which at­tracted plenty of me­dia at­ten­tion both re­gion­ally and na­tion­ally. Th­ese new con­di­tions, part of the Coun­cil's Signs and Use of Pub­lic Places By­law, are the next step in Coun­cil's ed­u­ca­tional ef­forts to dis­cour­age smok­ing. Over the next month or so you will start to see smokefree signs ap­pear­ing on café ta­bles through­out the City. While it's not a ban, I do hope that the com­mu­nity will re­spect the re­quest and re­frain from smok­ing in th­ese ar­eas. To­gether, we can do our part to help the coun­try reach Smokefree Aotearoa by 2025. As from 1 July, there will be an in­crease in the gate fees charged at the trans­fer sta­tions at Ash­hurst and Bun­nythorpe. The in­crease in fees are for the dis­posal of gen­eral waste, and are nec­es­sary to cover the costs as­so­ci­ated with the dis­posal at the trans­fer sta­tions. Cur­rently the rev­enue col­lected does not cover the full costs, and city­wide res­i­dents are subsidising the short­fall from gen­eral rates. The in­creased prices are nec­es­sary to cor­rect the im­bal­ance. Nom­i­na­tions have now opened for the City's an­nual Civic Hon­our Awards. Th­ese recog­nise in­di­vid­u­als who have given hours of vol­un­tary ser­vice over many years to the city and its nu­mer­ous com­mu­nity or­gan­i­sa­tions. Vol­un­teers of­ten keep sport­ing clubs and com­mu­nity or­gan­i­sa­tions go­ing and th­ese awards are a fit­ting way of say­ing thanks. Nom­i­na­tions close on 22nd July.

Mauri ora Grant

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