July 2016 - Chairman's Report

19 Jul 2016

Meetings/events attended:

During the period I attended the following meetings/events/functions:

  • Meetings attended with the council's CEO, Malcolm Nicolson:
    - David Senior and representatives from Te Hiku Sports Hub.
    - Local Government New Zealand Zone One meeting hosted at Northland Regional Council.
    - Northland Mayoral Forum hosted by Whangarei District Council.
    - Barry Trass, Tony Jelas, and councillors – Chinese delegation from China Railway Zhangji Holding Group.
    - UNISA Mayors and Chairs meeting Auckland.
    - Greig Alexander – forestry.
  • Interview with River Taylor-Moore, Channel North – Coastal Erosion.
  • Councillor David Sinclair and Tony Phipps, GM Customer Service/Community Resilience, attended a meeting of members of the Whangārei Strategic Alliance – asset identification whenua/land – papakainga.
  • Councillor Joe Carr and I attended a meeting arranged by Northland Inc. – introduction of potential Chinese investor.
  • Councillors Joe Carr, Paul Dimery and Monty Knight, along with our partners, attended the Ballance Farm Environment National Showcase Dinner.
  • Attended lunch with three of the Blues players along with other Whangārei business leaders.
  • Mita Harris, Retiring Chair, Northland Conservation Board; and Willie Wright, current Deputy Chair – introductory meeting.
  • Shane Reti and Hon. Paula Bennett – budget highlights.
  • Function to celebrate Mangawhai Harbour Anniversary of the 'Big Dig' in 1991.
  • Councillor John Bain and I had a catch up meeting with Ernst Zöllner, New Zealand Transport Agency.