Friday 14 October, 2016
Horizons council declared, public welcomed
Horizons Regional Council officially welcomes two new and ten returning councillors to the table following the final declaration of results for local body elections today.
“This term we welcome Wiremu Kingi Te Awe Awe for Palmerston North and Nicola Patrick for Wanganui,” says Horizons group manager of corporate services and electoral officer Craig Grant.
“They will join the returning councillors at the inaugural council meeting on Thursday 20 October which I encourage the public to attend.”
Mr Grant would also like to invite members of the public to visit the Horizons Expo at Te Manawa on Friday 21 October.
“The free ‘expo’ styled event is for our councillors and the public to get an idea of what our teams are currently working on and how rates are contributing to the future of the Region.
“From 10am staff will be available to talk to people about their areas of work and answer any questions they have about Horizons’ business,” he says.
“There will be a range of interactive activities and from 12 until 1pm there will also be a lunchtime seminar on native fish, weeds to watch out for, bush remnants and transport planning for Palmerston North.”
Mr Grant says the day also provides an excellent opportunity for people to get an understanding of the different role Horizons has compared to city and district councils.
“Our responsibilities include river management and monitoring, flood protection, regulatory consents for land use, transport services, pest plant and predator control, and coordinating the Region’s response to natural disasters,” says Mr Grant.
Councillors from other territorial authorities in the Region will also be visiting Te Manawa to get an in-depth understanding of Horizons’ work and how their council relates.