Napier’s Three-Year Plan is now open for feedback

Napier’s Three-Year Plan is now open for feedback. 

Read about our proposals inside or at sayitnapier.nz and have your say on Napier’s future. 

Three-Year Plan 2024-27 consultation document summary. 

Kia ora from Kirsten Wise 

Our Three-Year Plan sets out our programme that will help our community recover from the impacts of the cyclone and put us on firm foundations for the years ahead. This is our chance to significantly change the way we do things to benefit the wellbeing of everyone in Napier. 

In this draft plan we are proposing an average rates increase of 23.7% in 2024/25. There are many factors contributing to our need to increase rates and you can read details about them in this document. 

Looking at this draft plan, there is an ongoing balancing act required to deliver the best service to our community.

The most important part of this plan is YOU. Your voice and your views will make this draft a solid road map for the three years ahead of us. 

How to say it: 

  • Online at sayitnapier.nz 
  • Pick up a copy of the document at Napier City Council’s customer service centre or at Napier or Taradale Libraries. 

Submissions close Friday 26 April at 5pm. 

Drop in sessions: 

National Aquarium of New Zealand, 1pm to 2.30pm, Sunday 7 April 

Taradale Library, 10am to 11am, Saturday 20 April 

Public meeting: 

Napier War Memorial Centre, 6-7:30pm, Wednesday 17 April 

Our proposed rates increase 

We are proposing an average rates increase of 23.7% for 2024/25 with further rises in each year of our Three-Year Plan. This is an average of $13.66 per week or $710.28 per year.

The future of Council housing in Napier

Costs to provide Council housing have increased a lot recently. The way we provide housing has become financially unsustainable for our community. We’ve been looking at different options to deliver Council housing, and we would like your feedback on two questions. 

  1. Should we continue to deliver our current Council housing by increasing rates and borrowing, or should we shift our focus to retirement housing only and sell our social housing villages? 
  2. If we shift to a focus on retirement housing, how can we deliver this in an effective way? 

Our preferred option has an average rates increase of $12.31 for 2024/25.

Building up our community resilience    

The impact of Cyclone Gabrielle brought us unexpected costs, so we introduced a Disaster Recovery Rate for 2023/24. This money was set aside for cyclone recovery. 

We need to build up savings to pay for future emergency events, which comes at a cost.

We want to keep the Disaster Recovery Rate (and rename it the Resilience Rate) so we can thrive no matter what the future holds. 

Our preferred option has a rates increase of $85.90 per rateable unit for 2024/25.

A new organisation and approach to managing Council’s investments.  

We own income-earning investment assets worth more than $160 million. We’ve been looking at how we could manage some or all these assets as an investment portfolio for Napier. Our preferred option is to form a Council Controlled Trading Organisation to manage the investments so we can become a more financially sustainable Council. 

Our preferred option has no rates impact for 2024/25.

Reviewing our fees and charges 

We review the fees and charges of all Council user-paid services each year to ensure we are recovering some operating costs through user pays. The standard increases match the Consumer Price Index. 

We are facing increasing financial pressure so we’re proposing increases to some fees and charges that are higher than the Consumer Price Index. 

Our preferred option has an average rates decrease of $32.25 for 2024/25.

A change to how we fund some tourist facilities 

In 2023, we reviewed of some of our business and tourism facilities to see if any could operate without being supported by rates funding.  

Council has supported the approach of transitioning three facilities to Council-owned commercial businesses from 1 July 2024, with the outcome of being financially self-sustainable.  

Currently these facilities operate at a loss, and this is funded through rates. Until they become self-sustainable, we need to support these facilities in a way that doesn’t impact on rates. We are proposing to do this using loans, for a maximum of three years. 

Our preferred option has no rates impact for 2024/25.

Napier City Council office accommodation  

Our ‘back-office’ staff have worked from several buildings in town since the old Library Tower on Station Street was vacated in 2017 due to safety concerns. 

This building is owned by Council, and we have been thinking about whether our staff could move back to that site. We want to strengthen and redevelop the Library Tower so our staff can move back there. 

Our preferred option has an average rates increase of $5.03 for 2024/25.

Other consultations 

We are running three other consultations at the same time as our Three-Year Plan consultation. 

Significance & Engagement Policy consultation 

Our Significance and Engagement Policy outlines how and when the community can expect to be involved in our decision-making processes. We have proposed some amendments to this policy, and we want to know what you think.

Revenue & Financing Policy 

The Revenue & Financing Policy outlines our general policies on how we fund our operating and capital expenditure. We propose changing how certain services and activities are funded and we want to know what you think.  

Financial Contributions Policy 

The Financial Contributions Policy sets out the contributions required from property developers to help fund the cost of new infrastructure in the city. We are proposing changes to the policy to provide more clarity and align wording with what is used in the proposed District Plan. 

For more information about these topics and to make an online submission, visit sayitnapier.nz. This is the easiest way to have your say.

You can pick up a hard copy of the consultation document and a paper submission form from our Customer Service Centre, 215 Hastings Street. 

Submissions close 5pm, Friday 26 April 2024. 

Other topics discussed in our Three-Year Plan consultation

Go to sayitnapier.nz to read about other projects and activities we have planned for the next three years: 

  • Te Aka project (Napier’s new library) 
  • 2023 business and tourism facilities review 
  • A facelift for Emerson Street 
  • Faraday Museum of Technology 
  • Te Pihinga 
  • Ahuriri Regional Park development 
  • Our draft finance and infrastructure strategy for the next ten years. 
Send this to a friend