Monday, 2 December 2013


by Gerard Collings

With the festive season almost now upon us I would like to take the opportunity on behalf of the Waikouaiti Coast Community Board (WCCB) to extend best wishes to you all.   We trust the holiday season will be a safe and happy one.   I’d further like to extend our thanks to all the volunteers, community groups and organisations within our area, your contribution to the wellbeing and social fabric of our community is deeply appreciated. Merry Christmas and a happy New Year to all.

Harvey Street, Waitati – vicinity of Blueskin Bay Library

Concerns have been raised regarding safe parking on Harvey Street in the vicinity of the Blueskin Library.  The matter has been raised with Dunedin City Council (DCC) staff who intend to implement some traffic control measures to mitigate the safety concerns raised.

North Coast School Bus Service

I have recently met with the Honourable Michael Woodhouse and staff from the Ministry of Education to discuss concerns the WCCB has about the recent changes to the school bus service in our area and the apparent inequity between those who are entitled to transport assistance and those who aren’t.

Ministry staff confirmed at the meeting that they believe they are applying the current policy as it is written.  They did, however, advise that the policy is to be considered for review.  Ministry staff also agreed that they would write to both our local primary schools and the Dunedin secondary schools advising them that they should make it clear to all prospective students what the ministry policy does and does not provide for in relation to transport assistance, this at least will allow parents to make an informed choice.

At our November meeting the board resolved to write to the Minister of Education expressing our concern regarding the current policy in particular the inequity of entitlement between students, and the relative cost of travel for students within communities such as ours that are a considerable distance from any state school.

Dunedin City Council consultation

Every year the WCCB has the opportunity to make a presentation to the Dunedin City Council late in January prior to the council adopting the draft annual plan for public consultation.  In preparation for this the board will, over the next month, be considering matters to be included in our initial presentation to the DCC regarding their preparation of the draft plan 2014-15.  The board would like to hear from community groups or individuals with any concerns, issues, and/or projects relevant to the draft annual plan process so that the board may consider raising those matters at an early stage in the process. Copies of DCC documents out for consultation are available from the DCC offices and through the council’s website

The WCCB’s next meeting is at 5.30pm on 29 January at the East Otago Events Centre, Waikouaiti. Remember you can view the board’s meeting agendas, reports and minutes at either the Waikouaiti or Blueskin libraries or through the DCC’s website at of the WCCB are only too happy to hear (by phone or email) from members of the community about any issues within our area.


Board Contacts





The Board

Gerard Collings (Chairperson),




Alasdair Morrison (Deputy),




Andrew Noone




Geraldine Tait,




Mark Brown,





Richard Russell




Tracey Scurr






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