Need lo­cal sup­port

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Ka¯ piti Dis­trict Coun­cil is pleased the gov­ern­ment is tak­ing steps to boost the con­tri­bu­tion lo­cal or­gan­i­sa­tions make to­wards the well­be­ing of their com­mu­ni­ties.

Ka¯ piti mayor K Gu­runathan said while the coun­cil sup­ported the gov­ern­ment’s re­cent pro­posal to rein­tro­duce so­cial, en­vi­ron­men­tal, eco­nomic and cul­tural well­be­ing back into the Lo­cal Gov­ern­ment Act 2002, it was es­sen­tial lo­cal fund­ing re­quire­ments were met.

“A bot­tom line for the coun­cil will be to en­sure the gov­ern­ment pro­vides the right level of lo­cal sup­port and fund­ing to de­liver to any new ex­pec­ta­tions.

“Like all coun­cils we have a strong un­der­stand­ing of the di­verse needs of peo­ple liv­ing in Ka¯ piti, and we’d like to be able to have more in­flu­ence over de­ci­sions that will make a dif­fer­ence.

“We’re heav­ily in­volved in all sorts of things that af­fect the well­be­ing of Ka¯ piti com­mu­ni­ties, such as hous­ing and com­mu­nity de­vel­op­ment and pro­tect­ing our nat­u­ral en­vi­ron­ment.

“We’d like to sit down with gov­ern­ment and come up with an ap­proach that’ll em­power the coun­cil, Ka¯ piti busi­nesses, lo­cal iwi and our com­mu­ni­ties to do more.

“The gov­ern­ment is also do­ing a review of lo­cal gov­ern­ment fund­ing. We strongly urge them to con­sider this, and their pro­posal to lo­calise well­be­ing de­ci­sion-mak­ing, to­gether.

“The gov­ern­ment’s time­frame is short, so we’re keen to get con­ver­sa­tions started.”

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