Horowhenua District Council processes requests for information in accordance with the Local Government Official Information and Meetings Act 1987 (LGOIMA) and the Privacy Act 1993. These aim to balance issues of transparency and public interest with limits on the disclosure of personal information.
Responses to Local Government Official Information and Meetings Act 1987 (LGOIMA) requests that we consider to be of wider public interest, or which relate to a subject that has been widely requested, will be published on our website as they become available along with a summary of the request. To protect the privacy of individuals, we will not generally publish personal information about individuals, or information that identifies individual requesters. Requests and responses may be paraphrased.
8 Result(s) Found
- 8 April 2019: Survey of Cat Controls in Resource Consents(PDF, 123KB)
Questions relating to whether Council has issued any resource consent for subdivision or any other activity which authorises an activity subject to conditions relating to domestic cats, or declined any consent in circumstances where the impacts of domestic cats on wildlife has been relevant to the decision to decline.
- 8 July 2019: Management of Dogs and Registration Fees(PDF, 2MB)
Questions relating to the number of dogs registered in the Horowhenua District, the number of applications made for responsible dog owner licence, total revenue collected, the number of fines and infringements issued and the total dollar value, the number of rehomed and destroyed/euthanised dogs, and the total spend on systems and processes necessary to run dog control/animal control.
- 2 November 2021: Examining disparities in dog-related injuries within New Zealand(PDF, 693KB)
Request for a range of dog-related information for the 2014-2018 financial (fiscal) years including the number of registered dogs, estimated number of all un-registered dogs, total number of complaints received for a dog attack on a person, classifications made for menacing dogs due to behaviour or breed, total number of dogs recorded as being chemically or surgically sterilised (de-sexed), total number of dogs that had a microchip, total number of infringements for non-registration, total number of infringements for failure to control dog, total number of prosecutions for a dog attack on a person, etc; as well as an outline of the cost of dog registrations, the cost structure and the approximate percentage each category contributes to total dog-control income and dog-safety education.
- 21 February 2022: Tara-Ika(PDF, 56MB)
Request for all plans for Tara-Ika including design plans, infrastructure, connections, housing plans etc; all consents lodged, approved and to be lodged, plus the consent pathway being used with all attached documents; all assessments undertaken for the development from Ecological, Archaeological, Hydrology, construction, infrastructure etc; all costs associated to the project including Central Government contributions, HDC contributions and any others relevant to the project; who the people are in the project eg steering group/governance roles, operations, any boards or groups that have oversight in the project; confirmation of Ngāti Raukawa engagement; confirmation of HDC's relationship to Ō2NL primarily and Waka Kotahi NZTA also; Council's position on the current NOR for Ō2NL and more specifically the Tara-Ika portion of the road and any documents supporting this position and by whom; a full list of people engaged in this project eg HDC, Horizons Regional Council, Waka Kotahi NZTA, landowners and Iwi; any minutes that can be shared in regards to hui where Iwi are involved; plan change material received to date and a summary of this if it is available, the process and highlighting the changes sought.
- 19 April 2022: Investigating fluoride in drinking water(PDF, 555KB)
Request for information for each water supply managed by Horowhenua District Council, on fluoridation status, interruptions to fluoridation, fluoridation chemicals, fluoride dosing system and quantifiable fluoride results.
- 11 February 2022: Historic Heritage sites(PDF, 666KB)
Request for information about how many heritage sites in the Horowhenua District are not currently listed by Heritage New Zealand Pouhere Taonga, how many sites not listed are private residences (houses), whether the heritage sites identified by the local community require the agreement of the landowner in order to be protected, and are there any specific rules for owners of private residences which are identified as historic sites in regards to controlled or permitted activities.
- 28 September 2021: Section 35(2)(d) of the Resource Management Act (RMA) - Monitoring the exercise of Resource Consents(PDF, 634KB)
Request for information about whether Council has delegated its duty under Section 35(2)(d) of the RMA and if so, to which Council committee, hearings commissioner, and/or Council employer has that been delegated; has Council transferred the duty under Section 35(2)(d) of the RMA and if so to which public authority (or authorities) has that duty been transferred; where Council has not delegated the duty under Section 35(2)(d) of the RMA, why has Council not done so and by what process does Council fulfil its duty; and does Council have a RMA monitoring strategy.
- 2 September 2021: Unpaid infringement notice fees(PDF, 628KB)
Request for information about unpaid infringement notice fees, who these are referred to for collection and what process is followed; and the number of unpaid infringement notices referred to the Ministry of Justice or any other company/organisation in the twelve months ending 31 July 2021.
- 18 March 2021: Scarification, modification or extraction of materials in the Ōhau River(PDF, 1MB)
Request for any information held by the council on the scarification, modification, or extraction of material(s) in the Ōhau River, over the period between 20 December 2020 and 7 March 2021, including any information held by a third party contractor working in or affecting the Ōhau River over that period of time.
- 15 March 2021: Water fluoridation(PDF, 440KB)
Request for information relating to whether Horowhenua District Council puts fluoride in drinking water, if so when it started and what the fluoride measures are for all water supplies under Council's jurisdiction for the years 2018-2020.
- 1 March 2021: Media Enquiry - Composting Toilets & Poads Road Bridge(PDF, 762KB)
Media enquiry regarding Council's position on the installation of composting toilets and whether the District Plan allows for the installation of these; and why a report wasn't presented to the January Finance, Audit & Risk Committee on Poads Road Bridge.
- 24 February 2021: Consents and Scientific Records for Wastewater(PDF, 2MB)
Request for information about the resource consent that allows a drain located on Hokio Beach Road to exist; resource consents for properties to discharge contaminated water into this drain; evidence obtained by systematic monitoring and scientific analysis (raw data) of the water quality from the past five (5) years; and evidence of compliance actions taken by HDC to prevent breaches of the pollution entering the waterway.
- 23 February 2021: Review of the Financial Contributions Policy (2015)(PDF, 8MB)
Request for all briefings to Councillors apropos the review of the Financial Contributions Policy (2015) and all briefings to Councillors apropos Development Contributions; how many reviews have occurred since 2015; and what steps are being undertaken by HDC to include Development Contributions and Financial Contributions and future Horowhenua District Plans.
- 15 February 2021: Development & Growth Areas(PDF, 846KB)
Request for information relating to the number of properties for which consent permits to build (develop) have been granted, for each financial year since 1 July 2016; the number of dwellings permitted on that property if a consent is for more than one dwelling; the number of properties for which separately used or inhabited parts of a rating unit have been added to the Rating Database; and, for consents that are for more than one dwelling on a property, the number of dwellings added to the Rating Database on that property each year.
- 24 July 2019: Land Developments Surveyed and Consented(PDF, 1MB)
Request for information relating to the number of land developments which have already been consented without a condition requiring financial contribution, whether these include specific areas or companies outlined in the request, how many house sections in those areas and other areas outlined have been surveyed and consented; and whether there is any other land development which has been surveyed and consented without a condition requiring financial contribution.
- 18 July 2019: Defining Financial Contributions & Development Contributions(PDF, 250KB)
Request for information relating to the ways financial contributions have been defined in the draft and final documents for the Financial Contributions Policy 2015 that differ from the RMA 1991 and LGA 2002 legal definitions; and how, and on what basis, financial contributions have been changed to include funding future capital expenditure caused by growth.
- 8 July 2019: Earthquake-prone Buildings(PDF, 447KB)
Questions relating to how much has been spent since 1 July 2017, when the Building (Earthquake-prone Buildings) Amendment Act 2016 came into effect, on earthquake-related expenses, anticipated spend over the next ten years, the number of buildings identified as needing money spent on them and the number of buildings still needing assessment.
- 30 March 2022: Waikawa Beach's new toilets and changing shed, Hank Edwards Reserve, Waikawa Beach(PDF, 542KB)
Request for details of the new amenity following a media release, for example will it have toilets, including the total dimension of the toilet block, whether it will be unisex or separate male/female facilities, provision made for disabled people, indoor showers as well as outdoor showers, are the toilets/changing room separate from or part of the covered BBQ/outdoor table area, beach population and projected users total, and costs for the BBQ/picnic table area and the changing room/toilets/showers etc.
- 28 January 2022: Planting costs at Waikawa Beach (January 2014 to December 2021)(PDF, 670KB)
Request for spending data on how much Council paid for plants (spinifex and pīngao, other) for the plantings near and around the beach end of the track off Reay Mackay Grove, between 1 January 2014 and 10 December 2021 and how much Council paid in total on associated costs, eg vehicle use, staff time, pest and weed control, stakes and tapes, planting day BBQ, and so on.
- 9 November 2021: Fossil fuel use in Council(PDF, 632KB)
Request for a list of all facilities, as well as administrative and miscellaneous buildings owned or administered by Horowhenua District Council that burn fossil fuels or that are heated by fossil fuels burned offsite (for example, in an energy centre that supplies heat to Council's facility), with a breakdown for each such facility of fossil fuel type, region, size of heat plant (MW), CO2 emissions, and any Discharge to Air consents held for this activity.
- 1 April 2021: Climate Change Commission Submission(PDF, 1MB)
Request for Council's submission to the Climate Change Commission and information about which advisors or consultants, if any, Council used in relation to the submission and how much was paid for their services.
- 4 February 2021: Marine & Coastal Area - Waikanae River to Whangaehu River(PDF, 4MB)
Questions relating to the marine and coastal area that runs from the mouth of the Waikanae River to the mouth of the Whangaehu River including whether there are any extractive activities within this area and whether any stormwater or sewerage outlets discharge onto this area, and if so where they are located.
- 3 July 2019: Gate at Lake Horowhenua(PDF, 448KB)
Request for information about whether an instruction was given to open the gate at Lake Horowhenua on the night of 30 June 2019.
- 6 October 2020: Properties held by Horowhenua District Council(PDF, 576KB)
Request for a list of all commercial and non-commercial property assets held by HDC as of 1 July 2015 and all land-based assets, commercial and non-commercial purchased or sold by HDC during the period 1 July 2015 and 30 June 2018.
- 12 October 2020: HDC Property Strategy & Asset Sale(PDF, 2MB)
Request for all evidence that the strategy for sale of the Oxford Street properties, Durham Street and Roe, Cambridge industrial blocks properties was made in accordance with the Horowhenua District Council Property Strategy (November 2015).
- 19 January 2021: Stormwater system - Trackside Village at 91 Mako Mako Road, Levin(PDF, 1MB)
Request for information regarding the stormwater system at Trackside Village, including whether there was a system build (or paid for) by the Village and was it transferred to Council, and a breakdown of income received from the targeted rates applied to the Village against all expenditure on the relevant stormwater system.
- 3 March 2021: Revenue and Finance Policy(PDF, 675KB)
Questions relating to the preparation of the Long Term Plan (LTP) 2021-2041 and the reviewing of the Revenue and Finance Policy, including how often the review is required and when it was last performed.
- 30 March 2021: 2021 Ratepayers Report(PDF, 790KB)
Request for information about the average residential and non-residential rates, personnel, audit and risk oversight and payments to third parties for the 2019/2020 Financial Year.
- 5 July 2021: Units added to the Rating Database(PDF, 601KB)
Request for accurate evidence of units added to the rating database and the number of units approved (consented for building) in subdivisions that will be used to develop rating and financing information in Long Term Plans.
- 1 September 2021: Rates Increase - Comparison to other Councils(PDF, 628KB)
Request for information about how HDC's capital expenditure compares nationally, how its total expenditure compares nationally and the average rates increases per annum for the last five years (2016/17 to 2020/21) expressed as a percentage.
- 23 September 2021: Media Enquiry - Contractor spending since 2016(PDF, 609KB)
Media enquiry regarding how much money Council has spent on contractors/paying external companies or persons to do work for Council since 2016, categorised for each year and which department the contracting was for.
- 4 March 2021: Media enquiry: Mahi Space Funding(PDF, 630KB)
Media enquiry requesting an explanation for the variance between the figure contained in the Finance, Audit & Risk Committee report (24 February 2021) and the Provincial Growth Fund August 2020 dashboard document by MBIE, why the ratepayer should be picking up the tab when all "economic development" activities are now supposed to be carried out by the Horowhenua New Zealand Trust and why there has been no breakdown showing what the funding is being spent on.
- 27 May 2021: Glass 4 Grant Funding(PDF, 443KB)
Request for information about how much money Council, or any of its affiliates for which Council is a shareholder, received as an applicant for Class 4 grant funding in the last two financial years and how much money in total Council, or any of its affiliates for which Council is a shareholder, applied for from societies in the past two financial years.
- 30 November 2021: HDC's endorsement of the repayment of the Cricket Foundation Loan(PDF, 612KB)
Request for all held information and correspondence of all parties regarding Horowhenua District Council’s endorsement of the repayment of the Cricket Foundation’s loan of $100,000, using the reserve fund for Financial and Capital Contributions for Parks and Reserves, which Council agreed at the Council Ordinary Meeting of 9 June 2021.
- 22 July 2019: Bylaw Process(PDF, 216KB)
Request for Horowhenua District Council's process or steps involved in making a bylaw.
- 25 June 2019: Class 4 Gambling Policy(PDF, 637KB)
Request for Horowhenua District Council's current Gambling Class 4 Venue Policy 2017 and previous iterations dating back to 2004.
- 10 May 2019: Freedom Camping Bylaw(PDF, 70KB)
Questions relating to whether Horowhenua District Council has a freedom camping bylaw and refers to either self-containment or certified self-containment in any bylaws or regulatory rules.
- 25 March 2022: Proposed pyrolysis and waste to energy plant in Manawatū(PDF, 702KB)
Request for copies of any substantive correspondence, including copies of any presentations, briefings or reports to Council or Council staff, since 1 June 2021 about a potential agreement between Horowhenua District Council and any consultants, contractors or other representatives of Manawatū District Council, Bio Plant Manawatū, Bio Plant NZ, and/or Mana Pacific about the management and disposal of municipal waste generated in the Horowhenua District and its potential supply to a proposed waste to energy or pyrolysis facility in the Manawatū area.
- 1 July 2021: Recycling within Horowhenua(PDF, 820KB)
Request for information over the last five years relating to how much recycling has been collected by Council per year in tonnes; of the recycling collected how much has been sent to landfill in tonnes and why, how much was recycled domestically per year within New Zealand and overseas; and a brief outline of what items can and cannot be recycled.
- 2 February 2021: Consented Permitted Fill Sites (Landfills, Clean fills etc) and Transfer Stations(PDF, 2MB)
Request for an up-to-date list of all consented, operating Class 1-5 fill sites in the region (these could be land use consents related to activities such as landfills, clean fills, managed fills, construction and demolition fill sites, rubbish dumps or tip sites) and an up-to-date list of all consented and known non-consented, operating transfer stations in the region.
- 20 January 2021: Levin Landfill Consent Public Portal(PDF, 1MB)
Questions relating to whether a public portal has been established by Horowhenua District Council; if not, why not and when will it be publicly available; what monitoring details and results feature on the portal; and has Council been issued with an abatement notice by the regional council for not complying with the conditions of the Levin Landfill consent.
- 22 May 2019: Waste Minimisation & Waste Management(PDF, 127KB)
Questions relating to Horowhenua District Council's current waste management contractor, current suppliers of recycling crates / wheelie bins, current collection methods for refuse and recycling, any planned changes and the tender process.
- 4 April 2019: Legal costs associated with Cr Campbell and Mayor Feyen(PDF, 119KB)
Request for information about all costs (legal/consultant/other) associated with responding to the Mayor’s accusations, allegations and behaviors including those of his advocate since 1 March 2018 and all costs (legal/consultant/other) associated with responding to Councillor Ross Campbell's accusations and behaviors since 1 March 2018.
- 2 May 2019: Councillors with Pecuniary Interests(PDF, 172KB)
Request for information about the total number of Council contracts awarded to any company that an elected official has a pecuniary or any other interest in, a list of companies that were awarded the contracts (if any), the total number of Council contracts awarded to any company that an elected official's spouse has a pecuniary or any other interest in, a list of companies that were awarded the contracts (if any) and whether the contracts were put up for tender.
- 17 September 2020: 2020 Ratepayers Report
Part 1: Average residential costs, average residential costs (Regional Councils), rating units(PDF, 1MB)
Part 2: Staff numbers, contractor numbers, CEO remuneration, elected official remuneration(PDF, 2MB)
Part 3: Audit & Risk Oversight(PDF, 2MB)
Requests for information for the 2018/19 financial year regarding average residential costs, average residential costs (Regional Councils) and rating units; staff numbers, contractor numbers, CEO remuneration, elected official remuneration; and audit and risk oversight.
- 9 March 2021: Interception of Communications(PDF, 1MB)
Request for all documents Horowhenua District Council (HDC) received from the Ombudsman and Privacy Commissioner regarding recommended changes to communication and email policies at HDC; and copies of the communication and email policies before and after the implementation of the recommended changes.
- 18 March 2021: Four days additional leave granted to Council staff(PDF, 1MB)
Request for information regarding the extra four days leave granted to Council staff this past year and the total cost of the granted leave already taken over the Christmas/New Year period, including the employer KiwiSaver contribution cost and the total gross pay for this.
- 1 April 2021: Processing of LGOIMA requests(PDF, 694KB)
Request for information about Council's policy or guidelines in relation to charging requestors for supplying information under the LGOIMA and how many requests for information under the LGOIMA were received from 1 January to 31 December 2020.
- 10 May 2021: Consideration of the establishment of Māori Wards(PDF, 505KB)
Request for information relating to whether Council has discussed establishing a Māori ward or Māori constituency at a Council meeting since the Local Electoral (Māori Wards and Māori Constituencies) Amendment Act 2021 came into effect on 2 March 2021 and if yes what further action Council resolved to take.
- 14 June 2021: Number of Council & Committee Meetings, Briefings and Workshops(PDF, 251KB)
Request for the total number of full Council meetings for the last 12 months including 'closed' meetings, the number of full Council committee meetings for the last 12 months including 'closed' meetings and the number of alternative meetings ie 'Council workshops' that were closed to the public.
- 9 July 2021: LTP Deliberations(PDF, 855KB)
Request for the sharing of information upon which Council derived conclusions relating to bridleways and improved access for equestrians.
- 6 September 2021: Council's position on the Three Waters Reform(PDF, 609KB)
Request for information about whether Council has taken a position, even if just 'in principle', for or against opting into the Government's proposed Three Waters Reform and a copy of Council's Significance & Engagement Policy.
- 26 October 2021: Three Waters Reform(PDF, 607KB)
Request for information about whether there are any race connotations in any of the Three Water Reforms where one race could gain monetary or otherwise advantage over any other person or race in NZ.
- 21 February 2022: Horowhenua District Council's Vaccination Policy(PDF, 595KB)
Request for information relating to HDC’s Vaccination Policy, including how refunds to ratepayers who can no longer access the services paid for will be calculated and how Council assessed its decision, following Council's decision on 9 February 2022 to implement a Vaccination Policy.
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