Need local support
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.”