Capital Connection funding changes

The Horizons Long-Term Plan is out for consultation — it doesn’t mention Waikawa Beach. But this turned up on Twitter today (@HorizonsRC):

In our Long-term Plan council is proposing to discontinue funding of the Capital Connection & instead seek shortfall funding from Central Government. Should we be required to continue to make contributions for the service to operate, would you like us to? http://haveyoursay.horizons.govt.nz

Capital Connection train.

There are probably at least some at Waikawa Beach who would like the Capital Connection service to continue, so be sure to tell Horizons what you think.

How about an emergency water supply tank?

This seems like a good idea for those who rely on water infrastructure in Horowhenua:

People in Horowhenua can now buy an emergency water supply tank from Horowhenua District Council.

The 200 litre tanks come in green or grey and are available for $105, which covers the cost of the tanks to Council. …

Water Services Engineer Albert Hoffmann said the tanks are an investment in water security that will increase the resilience of households, particularly during water restrictions or civil defence emergencies.

Council offers emergency water supply tanks for sale – Horowhenua District Council. Published on 04 April 2018.

Albert Hoffman with emergency water storage tank.
Albert Hoffman with emergency water storage tank.

Also of note: Levin’s water restrictions have finally been lifted after 4 or 5 months over summer.

Water restrictions lifted 03 April 2018.
Water restrictions lifted 03 April 2018.

Power outage planned for 08 March 2018 all day

There’s a power outage planned for 08 March 2018, 9 am to 4 pm, though it depends on the weather.

You might have seen the many Electra vehicles around the place lately. They’re maintaining and renewing the power network in this area.

There’s a power outage planned for 08 March 2018, 9 am to 4 pm, though it depends on the weather.

Power outage planned for 08 March 2018 all day.
Power outage planned for 08 March 2018 all day.

Remember to charge up all your devices and fill up some bottles with water.

If you need more information or have concerns call Electra 0800 567 876.

2018-38 Long Term Plan Consultation

The Horowhenua District Council are consulting on their draft 2018-38 Long Term Plan. Some items are extremely important for our small community. Submissions Close on 26 March 2018 at 05:00 PM. Read more in this post.

The Horowhenua District Council has at long last released their draft 2018-38 Long Term Plan. They’re asking for community input: submissions close on 26 March 2018 at 05:00 PM. There are items in here that are of enormous importance to our community.

If we have opinions on them we must make submissions, both individually and as a group. If we don’t tell the Council what we do or do not support then we may find ourselves stuck paying a lot of additional rates for something we don’t want, or missing out on things we do want.

Take a look at What’s our Future Horowhenua? on the Council’s website and download their linked documents. Two of the documents are also available here:

The Council say:

There are three key challenges that Council is particularly keen to get your feedback on, which are:

  • the future of our Community Halls
  • season length of the Foxton Pool
  • providing water and wastewater infrastructure to our growing settlements.

Alongside this are two other topics that Council is keen to hear your opinions on:

Shannon Community Hub …

Water sustainability — Currently Horowhenua residents use more water than the national average, so Council is organising the installation of pressure-reducing valves, introducing monitoring, and fixing leaks. Should Council introduce water meters, as has occurred in many other parts of the country?

The Long Term Plan proposes an average rates increase of 6.53% ….

The proposal would increase the average cost of rates from $6.24 per day to $6.65 per day. You may experience a higher or lower rates increase depending on what rates you are subject to. See the Consultation Document for more information.

They also say:

Challenge #3: Providing water and wastewater infrastructure to our growing settlements

This includes the growing settlements of Waitārere Beach, Ōhau, Manakau, Waikawa Beach and Hōkio Beach — Council is considering three options, and its preferred option is provide water and wastewater infrastructure to both the existing settlement and growth areas of these locations over a 20-year period.

If you’re interested in finding out more on this challenge then see the Consultation Document.

If you have questions about this topic and would like to speak to a Council officer then phone (06) 366 0999 and ask to speak to Sarie Van der Walt, Asset Management Engineer.

We already have a discussion going on the water and wastewater infrastructure issue on this website. For that reason comments on this post are closed. Please visit the other post and add your views to the discussion there.

Steep rates rises planned by Horowhenua District Council

The new drinking water and wastewater infrastructure suggested by Horowhenua District Council could see our rates rise steeply over the next few years.

[19 February 2018] Stuff reports today on planned steep rates rises if the Horowhenua District Council goes ahead with new drinking water and wastewater infrastructure plans:

Steep rates increases are on the cards for Horowhenua, with annual rises of more than 6 per cent for the next few years.

The costly hit on homeowners is revealed in the Horowhenua District Council’s draft Long-Term Plan for 2018-2038.

It says the proposed rates increase for 2018/19 is 6.53 per cent.

Increases peak in 2021/22, at an expected 6.42 per cent.

By 2023/24, the increase is expected to soften to 2.91 per cent.…

Meanwhile, Horowhenua may lose its community halls and spend millions on new drinking water and wastewater infrastructure.…

A plan for new drinking water and wastewater infrastructure in Hokio Beach, Manakau, Ōhau, Waikawa Beach and Waitārere Beach could cost the council $108m. …

Horowhenua rates rises expected to peak in in 2021/22 | Stuff.co.nz

Rates calculation.
Rates calculation.

A quick spreadsheet shows that using the information above (and making some assumptions about when and how the increase reduces), for every $1000 of rates this year by 2023 we could be paying at least $1338.