Whangarei district is going through an exciting time. Our population is growing, our economy is improving and we are looking forward to significant improvements to our infrastructure.
Council also had a successful 2016-17 financial year and we finished in a very pleasing position.
Financially, we put in another strong performance with an operating surplus ($9.6 million against the $2.5 million budgeted) before non-cost adjustments and debt is well within the conservative limits set by Council. Following accounting adjustments, we finished with a $19.2 million deficit. This was primarily due to Council passing over the Mangakahia Road to the New Zealand Transport Agency (NZTA), which took a $38.9 million asset off Council’s books but also saves ratepayers over $1.2 million per annum in maintenance costs (now paid for by NZTA).
Our strong financial management has resulted in another AA grade from international credit rating agency Standard and Poors.
While achieving these positive financial results and maintaining our services levels, we also churned through an impressive line-up of regulatory plus policy work, infrastructure improvements, extensions and upgrades.
Ten significant plan changes for Rural, Coast, Minerals and Landscapes were notified and heard.
We completed the Mill / Nixon intersection improvements that started in 2014-15 and the NZTA’s State Highway One / Kensington Avenue roundabout project.
Stage one of the Kamo cycle track began, from Rust Ave to Manse Street. This is part of some big-picture work gaining real momentum in the centre of the district, connecting outlying suburbs with the centre of Whangarei and via the centre to each other.
Recycling tonnage has increased significantly this year - a strong indication that attitudes towards recycling and waste continue to improve.
The McLeod Bay sewer network was extended to serve beachside properties that had on-site systems and a new sewage pump station was constructed at Crisp Rd (Parua Bay) to serve local properties.
Flood protection remains an important part of our Hikurangi flood works. This year the work included creating wetlands to improve natural ecosystems and installing eel-friendly gates to allow their safe passage when pumps are running.
We embraced new technology at our Kioreroa wastewater treatment plant too, by installing a biogas generator converting waste methane into electricity.
New sports-fields and associated lighting were completed on Pohe Island in time for the British & Irish Lions touring team to use for training. This event was of course, a major highlight in a dynamic programme of events.
In addition to these public-facing projects, we went through a significant restructure of our organisation’s operations to bring an even higher level of service to our residents.
It has been a good year of achievements and it makes us proud to be residents of Whangarei district. We live in a place where we can honestly say we “love it here”.
Viewing the Annual Report Summary
You can view a summary of the current report on our Annual Report page on our website