September 2016 - Chairman's Report

16 Sep 2016

Meetings/events attended:

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

  • Meetings attended with the council’s CEO, Malcolm Nicolson:
    - Video conference with Lyn Provost, Controller and Auditor-General, along with Cr Sinclair – audit issues.
    - Carol Berghan, Action Plan Portfolio Manager, Northland Inc. – meet and greet.
    - Meeting with representatives from Ministry for Environment, councillors and staff – National Policy Statement – Freshwater Management Review.
    - Leigh Auton and Rewi Henderson, Local Government Commission.
    - Joseph Stuart, Northland Inc. – community coverage nominations.
    - Local Government New Zealand Conference, along with Crs Sinclair and Knight.
    - Catchup meeting with Sir John Goulter.
    - David Wilson and Vaughan Cooper, Northland Inc.; and Cr Sinclair – Hundertwasser.
    - Northland Mayoral Forum, Bay of Islands.
    - Yin Xiaoxu, on behalf of China Rail; and Barry Trass – opportunities for development.
    - Whangārei District Council’s Civic Honours Award Ceremony.
  • Councillors Carr, Knight, Samuels and I attended the opening of the revamped Whangatane Spillway and the associated 54 metre long stock bridge, along with Northland Regional Council staff and residents of Kaitāia.
  • Barry Trass, Clive Jackson, and Helen Whittaker – update on Prosper Northland Trust.
  • Mark Vincent – prospective candidate for local government elections.
  • Councillors Ramsey, Sinclair and I met with Rosemary MacGibbon – CEO’s performance review.
  • Catch up meeting with Harry Burkhardt – discussion on the future of the Tai Tokerau Northland Economic Action Plan Advisory Group.
  • Councillors Carr, Knight, and I attended a project meeting organised by Hon. John Carter, Mayor, Far North District Council – Manea – Footprints of Kupe.
  • Raweyn Jacobs and Claire Rosanowski, Foundation Northland – reference checking on the Prosper Northland Trust funding application for Hundertwasser.
  • Penny Smart, Northland Dairy Development Trust – current and future issues.
  • Brad Mosby, Whangārei–Kaipara Area Manager, NZ Fire Service – meet and greet.
  • Councillors Dimery, Sinclair and I attended the Whangārei Strategic Alliance meeting.
  • Tai Tokerau Northland Economic Action Plan Advisory Group meeting.
  • Barry Trass and Grant Faber – Hundertwasser.
  • TPM submission – Top Energy draft – conference call.
  • Participated in the Regional Sector Group tour prior to the start of the Local Government New Zealand conference.
  • Pete Ogle and Megan McGregor, Ray White – commercial real estate and Paerata forestry.
  • Ministerial visit by Hon. Steven Joyce and Hon. Nathan Guy to Alister and Lyn Candy’s farm, Okaihau – Extension 350 Project to develop the profitability of Northland agriculture.
  • Shelley Shao and Max Shen, The Epoch Times; Jonathan Gibbard, GM Strategy and Governance; and Matt Johnson, Media Specialist – discussion on potential for NRC to advertise in their Chinese/English newspaper.
  • Ross Vintiner – stakeholder survey for LGNZ.
  • Rob Stevenson – prospective candidate for local government elections.
  • Attended the Northland Dairy Development Trust meeting.
  • Mangere Catchment Group public drop-in session for catchment plan.
  • Councillors Bain, Dimery, and I attended the Transport NZ Summit & Infrastructure 2016.