Kāpiti ratepayers have invested proactively in our water infrastructure and services, and we're well positioned for the future.
There's currently no concrete plan for how councils will be reimbursed once our water assets are transferred to Entity G. We do know the Government will not pay us what they're worth.
We're very aware that losing three waters assets also impacts our ability to borrow for other community-based infrastructure and improvements.
We're committed to achieving positive three waters outcomes for our community, and will continue to advocate for our district's interests to make sure the needs of Kāpiti are prioritised in a changing climate and unprecedented growth. This includes taking advantage of any funding available to us.
Government has made various funding avenues available to councils as part of the Three Waters reform. These include:
- A $761 million Three Waters stimulus package to assist councils' investment in critical water infrastructure and services, and to help to stimulate economic activity and jobs (2020).
- A $44 million support package to ensure councils have the necessary resourcing to implement the Three Waters reforms (2022).
- A $500 million no-worse-off fund to ensure no local authority is financially worse off in the short term as a direct result of the reform (2021).
- *A $2 billion better-off fund to enable investment in the future of local government and community wellbeing (2021). *In the April 2023 Water Services Reform reset, tranche 2 of $1.5 billion was withdrawn.
Below is a breakdown of the budget allocation our Council has received from each of these funding packages.
- 2020/21 – $3.13 million
- 2021/22 – $3.13 million
The main projects Council has used this funding for includes:
- Water safety and asset management improvements
- Local authority reform programme support
- Stormwater modelling and network connectivity
- Stormwater condition assessments
- Water safety and resilience projects
In the 2022/23 financial year Council received a financial support package of $541,000 to support resourcing needs associated with supplying information to the National Transition Unit and responding to additional requirements or processes required by the Water Services Entities Bill and relevant legislation. A further $270,000 has been received to support transition activity for the six-month period between October 2023 and March 2024.
Of the $500 million available, we anticipate receiving $3 million for the 2024/25 financial year.
Of the $2 billion that was initially available through the Better Off package, Council's secured $21.05 million.
In January 2023 we secured $5.26 million (Tranche 1) for 14 new or accelerated, scaled up, or enhanced projects already consulted on and planned for in Council’s Long-term Plan 2021–41 (LTP).
*Tranche 2, of $15.79 million, has been withdrawn as part of the Government's Water Services Reform reset.
Allocated funding must be spent by 30 June 2027, and used on projects that:
- build our community’s resilience to climate change and other natural hazards
- deliver infrastructure supporting housing development
- enhance local placemaking and community wellbeing.
In early 2023, Te Tari Taiwhenua – Department of Internal Affairs (DIA) confirmed the 14 projects, totalling $5.26 million we put forward for funding were accepted.
These projects are new initiatives or requests to accelerate, scale up, or enhance projects already consulted on and planned for in Council’s Long-term Plan 2021–41 (LTP).
In April 2023, Council proposed to reallocate $3.2 million of tranche 1 Better Off funding to fund additional wastewater and stormwater operating costs as part of their 2023/24 Annual Plan. The proposal is to borrow funds for projects such as the Ōtaki Pool low-emissions power source and storytelling related to Kāpiti Island at Paraparaumu Beach’s Maclean Park. These projects would then be funded through Capex instead.
Government has supported this request.
Initial projects to enable collaboration, capability-building and sustainability as part of the Food and beverage cluster work. There's an immediate need for resource to support the needs of Ngā Hapu/Ōtaki Porirua Trust Board to realise their aspirations and opportunities for sustainable food production involving regenerative horticulture, including Maatauranga Māori.
The proposed budget of $325,000 will fund project costs, workshops, business support, communication strategy, and Ngā Hapu o Ōtaki Capacity Funding of 1.5 FTE for 12–18 months.
- providing capacity for Ngā Hapu o Ōtaki
- supporting the economic development of one of Kāpiti’s most important sectors
- building resilience in view of the impending national recession
- creating job opportunities for local people
- attracting new businesses
- growing the local economy.
Progress with strategic partners the key outputs and next steps from the Education Hub and Skills Needs Assessment and Feasibility Study. Skills and labour shortages are the number one challenge for most of our sectors.
The proposed budget of $250,000 will fund project costs, workshops with strategic partners, community engagement in terms of possible locations for the hub, and various expertise, and Iwi Capacity Funding of 1.5 FTE for 12–18 months.
Accelerating this kaupapa (project) with access to funding for this next step will be critical to maintaining the current momentum set by Council in Feb 2022, when elected members adopted the Workforce Plan.
Design and implementation of storytelling related to Kāpiti Island, in a way that is appropriate to be told within Maclean Park as part of the Maclean Park refresh project.
Mahara Gallery operating costs are expected to exceed budget by approximately $400,000 per annum. This is proposed as interim funding until an operating model is established, and actual costs are definitive.
Benefits include ensuring our district gallery meets accepted museum and gallery standards.
Introduction of a stimulus fund to help fund sustainability projects in the district, working in partnership with the community.
- increasing leadership in Climate and Sustainability
- driving and supporting Kāpiti’s overall emissions reductions
- increasing community resilience
- expanding sustainability education.
$250,000 per annum operational funding for two years to advance the housing portfolio and programme, such as work on housing development feasibility and older peoples’ housing.
This is a key step to ensure our people have access to suitable housing in Kāpiti so they can live and thrive.
To support the Āti Awa, Toa, Raukawa Confederation to enable the development and implementation of Māori housing solutions for whānau and hapū to live and prosper on the Kāpiti Coast, as agreed in the Housing Strategy.
The age-friendly strategic approach and action plan is under development, and will soon be adopted by Council.
There's currently no specific budget for implementation, on the basis that activity would occur within existing budgets and projects, with additional costs to be identified for inclusion in the next Long-term Plan. This funding would mean additional funds likely will not be required in the Annual Plan 2023/24.