Annual report adopted

Kaipara District Council at its October 25 meeting adopted its 2023-23 annual report, an independently audited document tracking progress in the previous financial year and performance against annual and long term targets.

Mayor Craig Jepson said that despite staffing shortages and extreme weather events which hit the roading network, council still managed to complete $36 million of capital works, a similar level to the previous year.

He cited progress on the shared path network in Mangawhai and plans for one in Dargaville, the opening of stage one of the Kaihu Valley Trail in June, wastewater and drinking water network upgrading and new public toilets across the district.

Meanwhile, council’s external debt stood at $44 million, unchanged from last year and consistent with the previous two years. The plan is available to view on the Kaipara Council website.