Backed by support from local residents and community groups, Puketāpapa Local Board has adopted its plan, with more planned climate and environmental action for the next three years requested by residents.
Board Chair, Ella Kumar is thrilled to approve the local board plan and was happy to receive the community’s helpful feedback.
“We appreciate hearing from local groups that submitted their views and a large portion of them believe this plan reflects the needs of our community,” she says.
With budget reductions imposed earlier in the year, the plan requires more prudent spending and prioritisation.
“Most respondents agreed with our approach to prioritise council services and community facilities in areas of greatest need, or rapid housing growth,” says Chair Kumar.
“Submitters have also told us they think the plan needs more focus on climate and the environment”
The chair acknowledges there is always more work to do in the environmental space.
“We are pleased to hear constructive feedback and it is heartening to learn the community is willing for us to take more action in the climate space,” she says.
“And we're very aware our rohe experienced significant impacts from weather events however, we know that our well-planned stream enhancements helped contain the flow of water, which avoided further damage. So, more of this is in the plan and we are also investing in climate action in numerous areas, including more active modes of transport,” says Chair Kumar.
Across Tāmaki Makaurau local board plans are required by law for each of the 21 local boards, to set out its strategic direction and priorities.
With the plan now finalised, work continues for the board to determine the details and reach its newly adopted goals and objectives.
View Puketāpapa Local Board Plan 2023 here.
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