Introduction

Mayor’s introduction

Mayor Justin Lester

E koke whakamua
ana a Pōneke

Koromatua Justin Lester

Mai rā anō tētahi wā nui te mahi me te pārekareka hoki mō Pōneke. Ko tā mātou mahi i te tau kua hori nei, ko te whakatakoto tūāpapa kia puta he taone kaha ake, pakari ake hoki. Nā runga i te mahi e mahitia nei e mātou i nāianei, e āhei ana mātou ki te whakaū i tō tātou tipu, tō tātou rekareka me te āhua o tā tātou noho pai, i a mātou e tauaro nei ki ngā matataki kei mua i te aroaro. Me whakarite tātou mō te tipu haere o te taupori, mō te putanga o ngā tauira huarere horehore nā runga i te huri o te āhuarangi, me te tūpono mai anō o te rūwhenua.

Me pupuri tātou i te āhuatanga ahurei o tō tātou taone. I tēnei tau, whakahirahira rawa tā mātou huri kia noho te reo Māori hei wāhanga o ā mātou rā, mā te whai tohutohu mai i te tūmatanui mō te kaupapahere reo Māori hukihuki. Noho pū anō te ahurea Māori ki roto i tō mātou hōtaka toi, ka haere tonu hei wāhanga nui o tērā e āhei ai tō tātou taone auaha ki te whakarato. Hei te Hui-tanguru e tū mai nei, ka tū a Pōneke hei kaihautū i Te Matatini ki te Ao, te ahurei ā-motu, tērā ka uru ko ngā rōpū kapa haka kua eke ki te taumata, ā. ka huihui mō te whakataetae te take. E tūmanakohia ana, e 50,000 te hunga ka tae ki tēnei kaupapa, neke atu rānei.

He wāhanga nui nō te tū motuhake o Pōneke tō tātou taiao taketake, kei te mahi mātou i ētahi momo kaupapa kōkiri hei whakaiti ake i ō tātou tukunga para, me tā mātou haere tonu i runga i ngā mātāpono kia noho konihi-kore a Pōneke.

He tau kaha te whakawhitiwhiti kōrero ki te hapori whānui. I whakaputaina e mātou ā mātou tauira e whā e pā ana ki te āhuatanga waka ki Pōneke i ngā rā ki mua, me tā mātou tono kōrero whakahoki, tae atu ki te whiwhi kōrero pono me te whai kiko hoki mai i te hunga taiohi e tipu tere nei.

I kaha tonu mātou ki te whakapiki ake i tō mātou kahapupuri ki te kukume manuhiri ki te taone matua mō te pakihi me te ahurea, me te whai i te maha o ngā kaupapa tākaro, kaupapa ōhanga, ā-ahurea hoki, me te tata ki te 500 hui wānanga matua. I tipu te tatauranga o ngā manuhiri o te motu, o tāwāhi hoki mō te wā tuatahi, i roto i te 12 marama, i neke atu te whakapaunga moni a ngā manuhiri ki Pōneke mā te $2.5 piriona tāra. Kei te kaha tonu mātou ki te tautoko i te tini o ngā kaupapa-kōkiri pāpori hei āwhina i te hunga e tino pōhara ana, me te tautoko i ngā hapori kia hono tahi ai, tae noa ki te taone pū.

Kei te pūtake o ngā mea katoa, ko tō mātou whai kia manahau ake a Pōneke. I te whakapakari mātou i te taone mai i ngā hihi tumeke i ngā rā ki mua. Ka whai wāhi ngā whakawhanaketanga i te ākau kia whakaiti ake ai i tōna whakaraerae ki ngā putanga rū, me te piki o ngā kōeke moana. Kei te haere tonu ā mātou whiriwhiringa me ngā rangatira o ngā whare o te taone e noho mōrearea ana kia whakatikatikaina ō rātou mata parau me ō rātou pātaratara. I kauneke anōtia e mātou ngā whakaritenga kia tū manahau ai te ratonga wai.

He wā hurihanga tēnei mō Pōneke, ā, ko te tikanga, tērā tonu pea ka pā he raruraru ki ngā tāngata o Pōneke. Kia manawanui mai rā. Kua whakapau werawera mātou ki te whakarite kia noho tonu ngā rēti ki tērā e taea ai te utu. He Kaunihera pakari ā-pūtea mātou, e whakahaere ana i tētahi hōtaka hao nui. Otirā, kei te noho pai te taha pūtea, mā tō tautoko ka āhei rawa mātou ki te whakarato hua, painga anō hoki.

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It’s full steam ahead
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Mayor Justin Lester

Mayor Justin Lester

It’s hard to remember a busier and more exciting time for Wellington. We’ve spent the past year laying down the foundations for a better, stronger version of our city. The work we’re doing now means we can maintain our growth, attractiveness and liveability, while facing the challenges ahead. We need to be prepared for population growth, more erratic weather patterns due to climate change, and the likelihood of another earthquake.

We also need to preserve our city’s unique character. This year, we took an important step towards making te reo Māori a part of our everyday lives by consulting the public on a draft te reo Māori policy. Māori culture has also been central to our arts programme and will continue to be an integral part of what our creative city has to offer. Next February, Wellington will host Te Matatini ki te Ao, the national kapa haka festival in which top performers from all over New Zealand come together to compete. The event is expected to attract at least 50,000 people.

Our natural environment is a big part of what makes Wellington special. We’ve been working on a range of initiatives to reduce our emissions and have continued with our efforts to make Wellington predator-free.

It was a year of extensive public engagement. We released four scenarios for Wellington’s transport future and asked for your feedback, consulted widely on our 10-year plan for the city, and received honest and useful feedback from an increasing number of young people.

We continued to improve our capacity to draw visitors to the capital for business and culture, with a range of sports, economic and cultural events taking place, and nearly 500 major conferences. Domestic and international visitor numbers grew and, for the first time in a 12-month period, visitor spending in Wellington exceeded $2.5 billion. We’ve also continued to support those who need it most through social initiatives, and to help communities connect, particularly in the inner city.

At the heart of it all is our drive to make Wellington more resilient. We’ve been strengthening the city against future shocks. This includes work on our waterfront to reduce its vulnerability to seismic events and the rise in sea levels. And we’ve continued to work with owners of at-risk buildings to secure facades and parapets. We’ve also made real progress on making our water supply more resilient.

It’s a period of change for Wellington and what that means is Wellingtonians can expect a degree of disruption. We ask for your patience.

We’ve done our utmost to keep rates affordable. We’re a financially sound Council, undertaking an ambitious programme of work. But our books are in good order and with your support, we can deliver.

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