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Rick Stolwerk



Northland Regional Councillor - Coastal South

Kia ora all

We have all had a very disrupted and unsettled year. As I have not been able to get back to my regular Drop in Sessions, I have decided to try a monthly column instead. Before I begin I would like to encourage you to email me any questions on ricks@nrc.govt.nz or text/phone me on 021 823 770, each month I will endeavour to provide answers to your questions. In future my column will be divided into 3 parts:

1. Responses to your questions – beginning next month

2. Local matters

3. Regional issues

Local Matters
Over the past 4 years I have been making an effort to attend the monthly meetings held by the following local organisations: Mangawhai Business Development Association, Mangawhai Harbour Restoration Group, Mangawhai Museum, Kaiwaka CAN, Waipu Business and Promotions Group, Waipu Residents and Ratepayers, Waipu Cove Reserve Board, Ruakaka Residents and Ratepayers and the Portland Ratepayers Association. During my first term in office I managed a reasonable attendance rate, unfortunately in the past year I have not done very well at all. For this I apologise and therefore I am trying this monthly column. There are a number of local issues which are of concern to many residents and ratepayers, please ask me the questions and I will follow them up.

Regional Matters
Improving freshwater quality has been the number one concern for Northlanders over the past few years. Northland Regional Council has been working with you as ratepayers and central government to address the many concerns around this issue. Of particular interest to this area is the amazing work being done around the Kaipara Moana Remediation Programme, please see the following link for further information: https://www.nrc.govt.nz/stories/2020/september/a-new-era-for-kaipara-moana

Finally of interest to all Northland ratepayers is the upcoming discussions within council on the Long Term Plan (LTP). The LTP will be released for public consultation around May next year. Please submit on the LTP, it is your chance to comment on the direction of local government in the upcoming years.

Until next month.

Nga mihi Rick


Disclaimer – these are my personal views and not those of NRC or NRC councillors.

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