Day One …

The first day in the job had a couple of highlights.

A group of Japanese local councillors visited as part of a study tour to NZ and Australia.  They were here for about an hour, with CEO Jim Palmer taking them through a presentation about the structure of local government in New Zealand.

As well as the usual exchange of symbolic gifts, the delegation presented a contribution to the earthquake recovery fund.

In the evening, we had the second of a series of meeting with Kaiapoi business people about the future development of the central business centre there.  The preparation of a Kaiapoi Town Centre Strategy, which has been going on for over a year, is being fast-tracked to ensure that the rebuilding of the central area after the earthquake doesn’t compromise what the community wants long term.

The meeting was very well attended and more are planned.

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