Introduction

Chief Executive’s introduction

Chief Executive Kevin Lavery

Kei te whakapau kaha mātou
i nāianei ki te whakamaru i ō
tātou rā ki mua

Tumuaki Matua Kevin Lavery

He tau nui tēnei. Ahakoa ko te manahau tonu te kaupapa nui kei mua i ō mātou aroaro, I tino kaha rawa tā mātou mahi ki te whakapakari ake i ake i te taone, mai i te waihanga pūnaha rokiroki mō te wai, te whakakaha i ō tātou whare, tae noa ki te tautoko i ngā hapori kia hono tahi ai tēnā ki tēnā.

I te tīmatanga, he tauhohe te piki o te arotahi ki ngā mahi manahau, ki ngā papātanga o te rūwhenua o Kaikōura i te tau 2016. Heoi anō, kua huri kē mātou mai i te tauhohe ki te kaikaha. I nāianei kua whai hōtaka titiro whakamua mātou e pā katoa ana ki te whakapūmau i tētahi ao pai ake mō ngā ra ki mua. E waihanga ana mātou i tētahi taone pakari ake hei urupare ki te tipu o te taupori, me te tuma o tētahi rūwhenua, me ngā panonitanga nā runga i te āhua o ngā rangi. Nā ēnei kaupapa rūrua nei, nā te Mahere ā-Tau 2017/18 me te Mahere ā-Toru Tau a te Kaunihera, kua takoto te ahunga mō tēnei tau.

He nui ngā kaupapa i whakawhitiwhiti kōrero mātou me ngā tāngata o Pōneke, tae noa ki te Island Bay Parade me te arapahikara, tae atu ki tō mātou Mahere ā-Tekau Tau 2018-2028. I whai tohutohu mātou e pā ana ki te mahere Let’s Get Wellington Moving, tō mātou ahunga whakahoahoa mō te kotuinga waka o Pōneke. I puta ngā tautohetohe riri e pā ana ki ētahi kaupapa, pērā ki te arapahikara. I whakamaheretia i roto i tō mātou Mahere ā-Tekau Tau 2018-28, tō mātou mahere titiro whakamua mō te taone me tā mātou whiwhi i te maha o ngā whakawhitiwhitinga kōrero i te wā o ngā whai tohutohu, he mea pai tēnei. E hiahia ana mātou ki te mōhio, he aha rā ngā whakaaro o ngā tāngata o Pōneke, he aha rā ā rātou kōrero mō te taone i ngā rā ki mua.

I tēnei tau, i whakarato mātou i te hōtaka haupū rawa nui rawa atu – $35 miriona te nui ake i te tau 2016/17.

Ahakoa tā mātou kauneke i ētahi kaupapa kōkiri nui tonu, ko te nuinga o ā mātou mahi, ko te whai i ngā mahi o ia rā, o ia ra – ngā mahi matawaenga e haruru ai te taone. Ki te pohewa koe he motu huka te Kaunihera, ka tohu te wāhanga kei runga ake i te mata o te wai ki ā mātou mahi e kitea ana. Ko te 90 ōrau e toe ana, te wāhanga kāore i te kitea – ko ngā ratonga mahi e tukunga ana ki ngā tāngata o Pōneke ia rā, ia rā, mai i te putunga wai, ngā kohikohinga para, ngā wharepukapuka, me ngā papatākaro. Ka whakaatu tēnei pūrongo i te 12 mārama kua hipa, e kaha ana te haere o ā mātou whakatutukinga ki ia o ngā wāhanga mahi, me tā mātou kaha urupare ki ngā wero o ia rā, o ia rā.

Ka tuku mātou i te 400 ratonga, neke atu, ki te 212,700 tāngata ia rā, mō te iti ake i te whitu tāra mō ia tangata, mō ia rā. E pūmau ana mātou ki te pupuri i te utu o ngā rēti kia āta taea.

Arā tonu ngā wero. Kua mate mātou ki te whakariterite mō te poto o ngā ō hei whakarato i ngā taumahi heipū rawa, te nui o te pikinga utu, me ngā pēhitanga kei roto i te mākete mahi. Heoi anō, ka taea noa iho e mātou.

He hao nui ō mātou mahere engari, kei te pai te taha pūtea. 1785 ā mātou kaimahi ngākau nui, e aro atawhai ana ki te taone nei. Kua whakaatu mai te tau kua hori, kei runga mātou i te ara tōtika. Kia eke panuku tonu tātou i roto i ā tātou mahi.

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Nā Kevin Lavery

We’re doing the hard work now to safeguard our futureTop

Chief Executive Kevin Lavery

Chief Executive Kevin Lavery

It’s been a big year. While resilience has always been at the forefront of our minds, we’ve been working harder than ever on strengthening the city, from building better storage systems for water and strengthening our buildings to helping communities connect more with each other.

Initially, the increased focus on resilience work was a reaction to the effects of the 2016 Kaikoura earthquake. But we’ve gone from reactive to proactive and now have a forward-looking programme that is all about securing a better future. We’re building a resilient city that can respond to population growth, the threat of another earthquake and climate-change related events. Together, our Annual Plan 2017/18 and the Council’s Triennium Plan set the direction for the year.

We engaged with Wellingtonians on a number of issues, including the Island Bay Parade and cycleway, and Our 10-Year Plan 2018-28. We consulted on Let’s Get Wellington Moving, our partnered approach to the future of Wellington’s transport network. Some topics like the cycleway generated heated debate. Our 10-Year Plan 2018-28 mapped out our long-term plans for the city and received high levels of engagement during consultation, which was encouraging. We want to know what people think and Wellingtonians to have their say about their city’s future.

This year we also delivered a substantial capital programme – $35 million more than in 2016/17.

While we progressed a number of high-profile initiatives, the bulk of what we did, as always, was business as usual – the crucial, everyday work that keeps the city humming. If you picture the Council as an iceberg, the part that is above the water line represents our visible work. The remaining 90 percent is what you don’t see – the day-to-day delivery of services to Wellingtonians, from water supply and waste collection to libraries and sportsfields. This report shows that in the last 12 months our performance in each of the activity areas remains strong while at the same time responding constructively to day-to-day challenges.

We deliver more than 400 services to around 212,700 people for less than seven dollars per day per person. We’re committed to keeping rates manageable.

There are challenges. We have to contend with a shortage of supplies to deliver capital projects, high inflation, and pressures in the labour and construction markets. But we’re up to the task.

Our plans are ambitious but our finances are in good order. We also have 1785 dedicated employees who care about this city. The past year has shown we’re on the right track. Let’s keep building on the good work.

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Kevin Lavery