3 February 2021
Financials and other updates from across the organisation are on the agenda for tomorrow’s Operations & Monitoring Committee meeting, the first committee meeting of this year.
The agenda for tomorrow (Thursday 4 February) includes the following updates –
Financial performance for six months ended 31 December 2020: Council’s overall operating performance is slightly better than budget as anticipated higher operating costs are offset by growth (rates) and external subsidies. Read the full financial report at THIS LINK (p12 of the meeting agenda).
Te Rākau Tū Pakari Fund (Community Resilience Fund): This $1m one-off fund supports capacity building and resilience of community sector groups impacted by COVID-19. The funding panel have modified criteria to clarify the need for sustainable outcomes and have excluded funding salaries as they felt the short term funding of salaries was not sustainable. A maximum limit of $500 for kai per event/hui has also been added to the criteria. Council officers work with groups needing additional support with applications and are collaborating with Rotorua Trust, Department of Internal Affairs and Bay Trust to align and maximise the impact of investments for Rotorua, meeting regularly to explore collective impact opportunities, leverage funding and identify funding gaps or emerging themes. Following concern expressed by one unsuccessful applicant, the panel reviewed their processes to confirm the correct decision had been made. (Go to p17 of the meeting agenda to view the full report on the fund and/or see more about the fund HERE on Council’s website)
Child Equity Programme: Council staff are developing opportunities for children and their families living in emergency housing to benefit from the Child Equity Programme. An application by community partner Te Waiariki Purea Trust to the Ministry of Housing and Urban Development for funding for extra-curricular activity programmes, with a Te Arawa cultural focus for children and families in emergency housing was declined in December. Efforts to seek funding from other sources continue. In December, council staff joined a working group focussed on children in emergency housing, alongside a range of other government agencies.
Roading updates: SH30 Eastern Corridor Stage 1 improvements (Sala Street to Iles Road) are progressing well and due to be finished by March 2021 and work is underway on detailed design and staging options for Stage 2 Improvements (Iles Road to airport). Meanwhile, safety improvements for SH5 Tarukenga to Ngongotahā, including roundabout upgrades to reduce congestion, are ongoing and after obtaining community input into a preferred concept plan for safety improvements through Ngongotahā village, Council is in discussions with Waka Kotahi regarding a joint approach to scope and address safety concerns in the village.
Tuia Programme: Council has participated in this national youth leadership initiative, which aims to develop and enhance the way rangatahi Māori contribute to communities, since 2014 and graduates remain connected and continue to support the programme. The successful applicants for 2021 are Te Maiore Rurehe, Te Arawa (Tūhourangai Ngāti Wāhiao), Tūhoe (Ngāti Manunui, Ngāti Tāwhaki) and Kahutapeka Ututaonga, (Ngāti Whakaue, Ngāpuhi).
Parking Transaction Statistics: Total transactions were again higher for November at 40,679 per day. App transactions represented 19% of the total transactions, compared to cash at 29% and card-at-meter 51%. The average transaction value for the app was significantly higher at $3.01 than both card-at-meter ($2.52) and cash ($1.52), suggesting it is being used as intended, for longer-term stays. Non-cash transactions accounted for 70% of revenue in November.
Rotorua Library: 5079 attended children’s programmes, events and learning opportunities in the second quarter of the current financial year, a 2% increase on the same quarter last year. As part of Library To You services 3792 books delivered to homes and schools (122% increase on the same quarter last year) with the service continuing during the holiday period for the first time. The Career Hub pop-up service, run in conjunction with the Tertiary Education Commission and available until March, has seen 228 customers accessing information and advice from a career expert along with career tools to support them through the COVID-19 recovery.
Performing Arts Centre bookings: Constructions on the centre continues at pace and on time and staff are working with promoters on bookings from 2022 and beyond. To date the NZ Symphony Orchestra, Royal NZ Ballet and some business events are booked.
Te Pou Pānui/Rotorua Community Event signboard bookings: The signboards are now installed at sites across Rotorua, with event organisers starting to book advertising space to promote upcoming events. The sites have become available as they have been completed and as at 25 January 71% of the spaces were booked.
Sanatorium Reserve restoration work: Weed and pest animal control work have resumed while control of bamboo has been very successful with little re-growth and Wildland Consultants have been working on eradication of remaining woody weed and exotic tree species. Community involvement in recent months has seen Mokoia Intermediate children working with Tangata Whenua and Wildlands to set and monitor rat traps and high school students potting seedlings from the reserve to be grown for planting back there in autumn 2021.
Tomorrow’s meeting starts at 9.30am in the Council Chamber (first floor of Civic Centre) and is open to the public.
The meeting will also be livestreamed and livestreaming can be accessed via THIS LINK on Council’s website, where you can also access the full agenda and, post-meeting, presentations made to the committee.
Alternatively, you can watch the meeting recording later by going directly to Council’s YouTube channel HERE.