Kāpiti Coast Grey Power (KCGP) is urging Kāpiti Coast District Council and Greater Wellington Regional Council to restrict any rates increase to New Zealand’s 4.7% consumer price index.
KCGP President Roger Booth said today that recent reports indicate the district council is planning a 12.5% increase, with the regional council also suggesting a double digit hike.
“This is unacceptable.
“The councils, as our community leaders, should be showing the way for fiscal restraint, not blithely passing their costs on to ratepayers who can ill afford it,” Roger Booth said.
“ASB economists say the average New Zealand household will have to find an extra $70 a week in 2024 just to cover their costs.”
Kāpiti Coast Grey Power advocates for a membership of some 2700 over-50s, but Booth believes that they speak for the whole community. “In our population of 55,000, 50% are over the age of 50,” he said.
“We’ve reminded both councils that increases in council rates impact not only property owners but also those renting as well as the businesses that employ our community. Insurances, borrowings, prices of foodstuffs, materials and even the separate rubbish collection service have all gone up for every household.
“It’s an ongoing spiral where increased costs are dumped on individuals facing exactly the same financial pressures as Councils.
“Many Kāpiti residents, especially those on fixed incomes, cannot afford the increases and are going through the painful exercise of where to pare back. And sometimes that means going without meals or relying on the Food Bank, not turning on the electricity, dipping into KiwiSaver accounts for daily needs and replacing clothing at the Op Shops.”
Roger Booth said that public consultation on rates rises is intended to take place in March. “Kāpiti Coast Grey Power will be at the forefront of pushing for councils to cut their cloth and care for their community – and put their pet projects on the shelf.”
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The rising cost of postage and printing has dramatically impacted on the cost of producing and mailing Grey Power Federation’s quarterly magazines. Kāpiti Coast Grey Power is an affiliated Association of Grey Power Federation, and its magazines will continue to be posted to its financial members.
This year postage alone has cost the Federation $134,419 for 3 issues – potentially around $180,000 for the year. With escalating postage costs, the magazine postage now consumes over 60% of the capitation fees from the membership, leaving far less for Grey Power Federation’s core business of advocating for older people.
For those members who are internet users, the Federation would like to encourage you to consider receiving your Grey Power Federation magazines online. You will be advised by email when a new issue is available, but you can visit the site at any time in between to keep informed.
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Grey Power members are encouraged to try the digital version. If they try it and decide it is not for them, they are free to go back to receiving the magazine in hard copy.
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Following our highly successful candidate meetings for last year’s local body elections, KCGP will stage key meetings for the looming national elections.
Kāpiti is involved in two electorates.
Mana candidates will front up at Southwards Car Museum Theatre at 7pm on Tuesday 26 September 2023, and
Ōtaki candidates at the same venue on Wednesday 27 September 2023.
Grey Power will chair both meetings, guaranteeing the candidates will be grilled.
KCGP appreciates the generous support of Southwards for these important public meetings.
The Raumati South Repair Café will be running again, for the fifth time, on 23 July 2023, this time hosted at the Raumati South School from 10am-1pm.
This community-led event provides a space and support for volunteer experts to help the public fix their broken stuff. This includes sewing & mending, electrical repairs, IT troubleshooting, bicycle maintenance and small repairs, garden tool and knife sharpening, jewellery repairs, and, where possible, general repairs.
During the May 2023 Repair Café, 79 participants brought 157 items for repair or advice. The Raumati South Scout Hall was abuzz with people lining up clutching items in disrepair. Many (74%) were able to leave the hall with freshly fixed things, and perhaps a sweet treat from the cafe run by a local school classroom as a fundraiser. In May, the event prevented 202kg of waste from entering the landfill and prevented 1,356kg of carbon dioxide emissions.
The Age Friendly Strategy will be in front of Kapiti Coast District Council's Social Sustainability sub-committee meeting on Thursday 22 June from 1:30pm - 4:30pm.
The venue will be the Council Chambers, Kapiti Coast District Council, 175 Rimu Road, Paraparaumu.
This strategy has been a long time coming and it is important that people show strong support for it. This can be done by either speaking to the committee or going to the meeting to support those people who are speaking to support the strategy. If you cannot attend the meeting you could email KCDC's Democratic Services saying you support the strategy and it should be passed by Council.
The public are welcome to attend this meeting. If you wish to speak, please register with the Democratic Services team on 04 296 4700 or toll free on 0800 486 486, or email firstname.lastname@example.org.
This meeting will also be livestreamed. See the Meetings and Agendas page on KCDC's website for the agenda and livestream link. The meeting agenda will also be available two days before the meeting on that page, and at Council libraries and service centres.
The strategy paper will be part of the agenda when it is published on KCDC's website.
Hard copies will be available at the meeting on the day.