Waitomo News : 20-November-2014
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During recent workshops, councillors discussed the organisation’s strategic direc- tion and associated directive statements which lead to a new council slogan being con- sidered. Chief executive Dave Clib- bery says council’s primary vision is to create a district where people have the op- portunity to succeed and, as such, an appropriate “short punchy headline” – ‘Otoro- hanga – where kiwis can fly’ be used . . . instead of ‘make the Kiwi connection’. He says councillors ex- pressed views that the ‘make the Kiwi connection’ state- ment is “not a good one” as it does not have a clear mean- ing. Councillor Robyn Klos says the new slogan is “inspirational. It’s a belief that people of this district can aspire to anything.” SLOGAN PASSED At Tuesday’s council meeting it was agreed to replace ‘Make the Kiwi Connec- tion’ with the new slogan in any new reflec- tion of the council or district identity. “While the statement [where Kiwis can fly] is primarily intended to reflect the as- piration of council to help create a district within which there are opportunities for people, it also retains a reference to the na- tional bird, which also has had a significant role in the identity of the district,” says Mr Clibbery. “Such a change of logo would not be ex- pected to have any significant cost, as there is no intention to replace existing items that bear the current logo, with the new logo only being applied when existing items reach the end of their life and have to be replaced.” Five brief statements to support and give direction to the new vision were also proposed. They are: Support Young and Old: Both young and older people will be in- creasingly important in the future of the district and initiatives that benefit these groups should be encouraged and where appropriate sup- ported. Use Resources Effi- ciently: The council and the district must ensure that it makes the best possible use of the physical, social, eco- nomic and cultural resources available to it. Plan for the Future: Progress will occur and to not move forwards is in ef- fect to go backwards. The council must plan to ‘future proof’ the district, acting boldly where necessary. Enable Economic Growth: Adopt a ‘business friendly’ approach that supports existing enterprises and makes the district an attractive location for new business development. Retain the District’s Identity: Recog- nise the importance of local rural identity and self-determination. The five statements and new slogan will feature in council’s forthcoming new Long Term Plan, which will be consulted on with the community. VISION STATEMENTS Other council vision statements include: ‘Creating a better future with vibrant com- munities and thriving business’ (Waitomo), ‘Building Our Future Together’ (Waipa), ‘Where Adventure Begins’ (Ruapehu) and ‘Our People, Our Place’ (Waikato). l What do you think of the change? Send your feedback to editor@waitomonews. co.nz or post it to The Editor, Waitomo News, PO Box 279, Te Kuiti 3941. Old slogan disconnected A PUBLIC toilet is to be installed at the Reg Brett Reserve in Otorohanga to stop people uri- nating in nearby trees. Approval was given at a council meeting on Tuesday for additional expenditure of $20,000 per year from the Otorohanga public conve- niences account in the 2015/16 year and there- after. The project was initiated by the Otorohan- ga Community Board after complaints were received about the smell of urine emanating from nearby trees at the popular Maniapoto St reser ve which includes a basketball court and skate park. The community board will pay for the pur- chase and installation of the unit ($51,000) and operational costs for the 2014/15 year from its Special Reserve Fund. Engineering manager Dave Clibbery says ongoing cleaning and servicing of the new toi- let will cost about $15,000 per year with the remaining $5000 will be used for “irregular maintenance requirements” such as vandalism. “The community board has already pur- chased the toilet and they are keen to have it installed promptly. But to do that they first need- ed assurance that council will meet the ongoing maintenance costs after this year.” There was an objection from councillor Robyn Klos, who said the ongoing costs shouldn’t be placed on the district as the project was initiated by the community board. But mayor Max Baxter said “I’d rather not see people urinating on our trees.” Toilet costs approved for reserve NEW BRAND: Otorohanga councillor Robyn Klos says councils new vision statement ‘Otorohanga – where kiwis can fly’ is “inspir- ing”. FLYING KIWIS: The Otorohanga District Council has decided to adopt a new vision statement ‘Otorohanga – where kiwis can fly’ to replace old brand ‘make the kiwi connection’.