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Published on 19 April 2023
The following is a Media Release from the Canterbury Mayoral Forum. Note: as our district sits across both Canterbury and Otago Regions, Priority number 3, regarding transport, is less applicable to Waitaki as we are working with the Otago/Southland Regional Transport Committee.
The Canterbury Mayoral Forum (the Mayors of the ten territorial authorities in Canterbury and the Chair of the regional council (Environment Canterbury) has today released a revised version of its Plan for Canterbury.
The Plan for Canterbury sets out the Forum’s three immediate priorities as we progress through this triennium.
The Plan for Canterbury summarises the interests and priorities of local government leaders for Cantabrians. It provides a basis for conversation and partnership with Ngāi Tahu, Central Government, the business sector and the community sectors.
Mayor Nigel Bowen, Chair of the Canterbury Mayoral Forum, believes now is a good time to re-launch the plan, and refine and put emphasis on the Forum’s priorities for the remainder of the triennium.
“We need to be strong advocates for Canterbury and having set out our priorities, we can move forward with these and make the change we want to see across the region.”
The Forum’s three immediate priorities are:
Forum members will be travelling to Wellington to put the Plan and priorities in front of Ministers in May. Mayor Marie Black, Deputy Chair of the Forum, sees this as an important opportunity to ensure Ministers are aware of the priorities for Canterbury.
“It is particularly important in an election year to ensure Ministers are aware of what is needed here in Waitaha. Taking a proactive approach and visiting them in the capital with the Plan for Canterbury will be worthwhile as we look to build stronger connections with leadership in central government.”
Selection of the three priority areas doesn’t mean that other issues are unimportant to the Forum. Some have greater sub-regional than regional significance, some issues on the Forum’s radar are well on the way to being addressed through other avenues and there are others that while the Forum care deeply about, it is thought we would have little or no ability to influence in that space.