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2015/16 Annual Report

Tairāwhiti First

Annual Report 2015/16

Gisborne District Council's 2015/16 Annual Report covers our performance from 1 July 2015 to 30 June 2016.

The annual report outlines how we spent your rates, what we've done, our finances and how we met out performance targets.

2015/16 Annual Report documents

Annual Report Summary [PDF, 9.4 MB] - highlights of work and budgets

2015/16 Annual Report - full document [PDF, 6.3 MB]

Read the full Annual Report as a flip book

The report in sections

Section 1 -  Our Year [PDF, 4.4 MB] 

Mayor and chief Executive's foreword, major projects, district highlights, our performance

Section 2 - Our district, Our direction [PDF, 3.4 MB] 
Our people, our environment, culture and economy, our aspirations

Section 3 - our activities [PDF, 3.5 MB] 
Commercial operations, environmental and regulatory services, governance and support services, infrastructure services, planning and development services  

Section 4 - our finances [PDF, 3.9 MB] 

Section 5 - appendices [PDF, 3.8 MB] 

Summary of our work, budgets and highlights

Tairāwhiti tēnā koutou.  Ngā mihi nui ki a koutou katoa.

In the last year Council has been busy delivering the plans and projects the community agreed in the 2015-2025 Long Term Plan.

We’ve progressed major community projects, with plans for a larger and more modern library completed and construction about to get underway. Significant transformations have been accomplished on Titirangi, including our community helping to re-plant 80,000 native trees and shrubs.

Feasibility work went into plans for achieving an iconic navigations heritage trail around the city rivers and harbour. The Eastland Community Trust reconfirmed the value of the project, committing $3.4m in funding towards the story interpretations and a bridge.

Upgrades to streets and connections in the Te Karaka township have been finished, enhancing the vibrancy of the town centre for the community and visitors.

We’ve forged ahead with innovative projects and partnerships to protect and enhance our environment. Consents for the Managed Aquifer Recharge trial have been notified, and if granted tests for replenishing the aquifer will get underway in 2017. We're also trialling a man-made wetland for secondary treatment of our wastewater as an alternative to pumping treated water into the bay.

Agreeing to an historic partnership with Te Runanganui o Ngati Porou by  developing  the country’s first ever Joint Management Agreement for the Waiapu catchment, is a significant step to acknowledging the important role of mana whenua and managing land and water better into the future.

Producing a plan for managing our freshwater resources was a milestone achievement, suggesting limits for water quality and quantity. Hearings for the draft plan are underway. We've been working with local communities on targeted projects to improve freshwater quality and ecology in valuable waterways like the Te Arai with great success.

Staff and our contractors have also worked towards delivering improvements on pipes and essential infrastructure. We've developed a plan to address the problem of stormwater draining into the wastewater system from private homes which is a key cause of wastewater discharges into rivers during heavy rain events.

Staff were moved from our earthquake-prone offices to make way for a new safe and efficient administration building. Following consultation, we transferred our municipal buildings, Holiday Park and Vehicle Testing Station to our subsidiary Gisborne Holdings Ltd (GHL) as part of a strategy to earn more money from our commercial assets and lessen our dependence on ratepayer funds.

We’ve done all this, and maintained our commitment to low rates increases, of an average of 2% or less. We spent within 5% of our targeted budget for 2015/16 and stayed under the $38m external debt level set in our Long Term Plan.

We're proud of what we’ve accomplished in 2015/16 and invite you to read more about the achievements in the report.

Regenerating Titirangi 

Revitalising the maunga with our community

Titirangi Replanting DayRestoration work on Titirangi has been one of our most successful and talked about programmes of the last 12 months. The plan to repopulate Titirangi with native bush and wildlife has been steadily shifting up a gear since the harvesting of non-native pine trees last year. The plantation area was replanted in over 80,000 native trees and shrubs. Community and school planting days have hosted more than a thousand  people complete with free sausage sizzles, to get the job done. Notable achievements have also included the drafting of a co-management agreement with local iwi, Ngati Oneone, and the new reserve management plan which underwent consultation in June. New steps and drainage infrastructure were added to the popular fitness track located along the port side of the maunga. Removal of more weeds, exotic trees and more planting has continued to keep us busy all over the reserve.


Navigating harbour history

Telling stories and history for our navigations heritage trail around the Turanganui River and upgrading the inner harbour

The stories of the great navigators and voyagers who braved vast distances to arrive in Tairāwhiti will soon have a chance to be celebrated through historical interpretations along our waterfronts and on top of Titirangi. The Navigations project will also look at constructing a bridge from the Waikanae Stream to the port’s slipway. The Eastland Community Trust reconfirmed the value of the project and have committed $3.4m in funding towards the story interpretations and a bridge, while the Eastland Group will still provide $1.6m to turn the slipway into an attractive open space. The inner harbour will be going through a transformation into a space that will ease parking and congestion and is friendly for walkers, cyclists and history enthusiasts. The project will carry on from the Turanganui riverfront, with historic interpretations along a refreshed waterfront esplanade. Key features include additional parking for boat trailers, and improved vegetation and walkways. We’ve been working on design in collaboration with stakeholders in the harbour area. Once detailed designs are confirmed later this year construction is set to begin in 2017.


Library set to start

Funding, designs and construction ready to go 

Book worms and avid readers can start the count down. Further funding for a $5.5m, 948m² library extension and earthquake strengthening was secured over the last year from generous community donors. Designs for the new extension have been completed and tenders for the construction contract have been received. Council are working through the final details before giving the green light to the successful construction company to begin work. The extension will boast new shared work spaces, multimedia rooms and quiet study areas.

Library exterior proposed


Read more highlights in the full Annual Report

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