The big calls: What your elected members decided

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Climate change: ‘Yes’ to urgency, ‘No’ to emergency

NPDC Elected Members have voted to recognise that climate change requires an urgent response, but did not opt to declare a climate emergency. At their full council meeting on Tuesday, 17 December, they also voted to deliver an advanced option Climate Action Framework. A request for an amendment to declare a climate change emergency was not supported. The advanced Climate Action Framework means extra investment of an estimated $250,000-$350,000 a year to put NPDC’s framework at the forefront of local government in New Zealand. 

Freedom camping restrictions approved

A request to ban freedom camping at Oakura’s Corbett Park and Tongaporutu and restrict Battiscombe Terrace in Waitara to just existing non-self-contained spaces until 30 April 2020 has been approved. The move came after concerns were raised by the Kaitake, Waitara and Clifton Community Boards about excessive numbers of both self-contained and non-self-contained freedom campers at these locations. Temporary signs will be put up at the three locations with amendments to the Freedom Camping Bylaw to be considered after the summer. 

$1.6m surplus goes to economy, climate

A $1.6million rates surplus will be put towards climate change action and economic development, elected members have voted. A total $1.263m is being put into a reserve to support ongoing economic development over the next three years, while the remaining $350,000 will be put towards climate change adaptation. 

Check out the full debate and agenda reports here.