Christmas message from your Mayor, Garry Webber.
Once again, it’s time to review the past year – a year that has been one of significant lows but some memorable highs.
The lows were brought about by COVID-19 and the incredible stress the lockdown and the economic uncertainty placed on our people and our communities.
But it also showed us how caring and sharing our people and communities were in coping with these challenges and reaching out for one another to help where possible.
I have also been incredibly proud of our District in the way people showed real empathy during the discussions about returning the Panepane/Purakau land on Matakana Island to its rightful owners, tangata whenua.
As we move into 2021 I am really hopeful that this community spirit and empathy continues to be demonstrated in whatever the year may bring.
Next year will be a big one for all of us as we work our way through the 10-year strategic planning process for the District – and this will involve a number of conversations with our communities.
But now it is time focus on Christmas and making this a time we can rest and re-invigorate with our family and friends and turn our thoughts to the year ahead.
Meanwhile I wish you all the very best for a peaceful, safe and happy Christmas and holiday season and take time out to re-energise yourselves.
May God bless you and bring everyone health and happiness for 2021
- Garry and Carol Webber