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Kōrero from the Chief Executive

Video script - 12 April 2019

Kia ora whanau, thanks for tuning into my weekly video blog again.

It’s been a pretty busy week this week.   I have been really fortunate to be able to spend quite a bit of time with groups of staff across the organisation including the City Assist team, Human Resources and Health and Safety team in Heretaunga House and the Corporate and Risk team. It’s been really good to get out there to spend more time with staff to talk more deeply about what they do within the organisation.

A big focus this week has been the work we are doing around housing.  As you know, Hastings and Hawke’s Bay is one of the hottest housing markets in the country.  But what that also means is that we’ve got lots of whanau in our community living in inappropriate housing situations.  We know we have got lots of families living out of motels or have been dislocated to emergency and transitional housing in Napier and really sadly, we’ve also got people living in cars or under bridges.  We are pretty focused on what is the solution to this problem.  So today at Te Taiwhenua o Heretaunga, Council is taking part in a housing symposium called Iwi Build, that’s been organised by Ngati Kahungunu Iwi chair Ngahiwi Tomoana.  It is a really important day that is bringing together council, government agencies and developers to talk about some possible solutions.  That will lead into next week when we have the Prime Minister and senior government ministers here on Thursday to also talk about housing so we will stay pretty focused on that.  A big shout out to staff including John O’Shaughnessy and Mark Clews who have been working really hard to support these meetings.

That’s it from me this week.  I’m really looking forward to seeing you all next Tuesday for our first open morning tea for staff.  Hopefully it will be exciting enough for you to come along to, but if not, there is the bribe of hot cross buns on offer!
Have a great weekend everyone.


Nigel Bickle
Hastings District Council Chief Executive


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