My Summary of the TCC Corporate Sustainability Strategy 2011-2016

This is article #11 in my 16 part series summarising Tauranga City Council strategy documents.

Here is my summary of the Tauranga City Council Corporate Sustainability Strategy 2011-2016 (44 pages. 1.23Mb .pdf).

This is an internal, corporate strategy document detailing how the council staff (500+ people) can do better with sustainability and lead by example between 2011 and 2016.

The term of this strategy has now expired, but it still had some interesting ideas.

The ideas include:

  • Energy efficient IT equipment, and buildings, and reducing water usage, and considering solar hot water systems
  • Reducing paper usage and developing online/digital services
  • Re-using materials like mulch and roading material
  • Reducing waste to landfill

I did find some of the measures and actions a bit odd: Continue reading

My Summary of the TCC Our Community Places Strategy 2008 – 2013

This is article #10 in my 16 part series summarising Tauranga City Council strategy documents.

Here is my summary of the Tauranga City Council Our Community Places Strategy 2008 – 2013 + Geographic Area Plan 2008 (30 pages. 673Kb .pdf).

This strategy document is about libraries, community centres and community halls.

You may have noticed that the timeline for this strategy is now well in the past.

These facilities are now managed by BayVenues which is a Council Owned Organisation set-up on 1 July 2013.

One point of interest is that this document plans for the building of 3 new community centres: Continue reading

My Summary of the TCC Sport and Active Living Strategy 2012

This is article #9 in my 16 part series summarising Tauranga City Council strategy documents.

Here is my summary of the Tauranga City Council Sport and Active Living Strategy 2012 (30 pages. 673Kb .pdf).

Just the following 6 items caught my eye in this document: Continue reading

My Summary of the TCC Disability Strategy 2013

This is article #8 in my 16 part series summarising Tauranga City Council strategy documents.

Here is my summary of the Tauranga City Council Disability Strategy 2013 (18 pages. 94Kb .pdf).

Did you know that it is estimated that 1 in 5 New Zealanders live with a long term impairment?

That’s about 22,000 people in Tauranga.

Add to that those of us who experience a temporary disability from injury or illness, and you realise that we are dealing with a significant proportion of the population.

What can we do to help people living with impairments to reach their potential and participate fully in the community?

How can we reduce the barriers they face?

This very short strategy document (18 pages), sets 4 goals and a list of actions for each goal. Continue reading

My Summary of the TCC Digital Platform Strategy 2016

This is article #7 in my 16 part series summarising Tauranga City Council strategy documents.

Here is my summary of the Tauranga City Council Digital Platform Strategy 2016 (53 pages. 2.28Mb .pdf).

Improving service, creating transparency, enhancing trust and confidence, cost reduction, efficiency improvement, connecting to customers via smart phones, apps, and social media, from any place, at any time. These are the advantages that digital technologies are offering council.

For me, the core of this document comes down to the following 2 diagrams.

The first, (in section 1.6, shown below), identifies 13 action areas. Continue reading

My Summary of the TCC Aquatics Network Strategy 2012 – 2022

This is article #6 in my 16 part series summarising Tauranga City Council strategy documents.

Here is my summary of the Tauranga City Council Aquatics Network Strategy 2012 – 2022 (30 pages 0.53Mb .pdf).

We are fortunate to have so much coastline and glorious beaches, but this doesn’t mean our swimming pools are any less dear to us.

Our rapidly growing population is causing us to reach the capacity of our swimming pool network faster, so we’ll need to:

  • invest in extensions to current facilities,
  • construct a new venue,
  • or reach agreements with schools for use of their pools to meet growing demand

According to this document, funding for our Aquatic Network is 70% userpays and 30% via rates.

For each of the pool complexes, concerns raised by the public were discussed. Continue reading

My Summary of the TCC Age-Friendly City Strategy 2013 – 2023

This is article #5 in my 16 part series summarising Tauranga City Council strategy documents.

Here is my summary of the Tauranga City Council Age-Friendly Strategy (45 pages. 3.9Mb .pdf).

We keep hearing about the world’s ageing population. The demographics of Tauranga have always been skewed towards the elderly. So, from a council perspective, issues that affect our elders, have always been on our minds.

This strategy had a number of feel-good ideas that I agreed with. Here are just 4 examples from the action list: Continue reading

My Summary of the TCC City Centre Strategy 2012

This is article #4 in my 16 part series summarising Tauranga City Council strategy documents.

Here is my summary of the Tauranga City Council City Centre Strategy 2012 (135 pages. 22Mb .pdf).

This document was one of the biggest ones in this series: 135 pages.

I work in the city centre every day, so the city centre issues are in front of my eyes all the time. But I suspect that those of you that live and work in the self-contained suburbs of The Mount, Papamoa, Greerton and others, and rarely have cause to come to the CBD, care much less about the CBD.

But I think if we had a CBD to be proud of, all of us would share in that pride whether we made use of the area on a daily basis or not.

There are 5 sections on this document that interested me the most. Continue reading

My Summary of the TCC Tauranga Transport Strategy 2012-2042

This is article #3 in my 16 part series summarising Tauranga City Council strategy documents.

Just so you know, there was a lot of overlap between:

Those documents together were 271 pages, a huge 27% chunk of my reading.

My notes below focus on the TCC strategy, not the TUNS.

This was my another very exciting strategy document. I was fascinated.

I found it exciting for 3 reasons: Continue reading

My Summary of the TCC Infrastructure Strategy 2015 – 2045

This is article #2 in my 16 part series summarising Tauranga City Council strategy documents.

Here is my summary of the Tauranga City Council Infrastructure Strategy 2015 – 2045 (24 pages. 680kb .pdf).

I found this strategy document hugely interesting for 3 reasons:

  1. The time scale is huge: 30 years (and 50 years for some of the projections)
  2. The financial investment is huge: billions and billions of dollars
  3. The number of people joining us by 2045 is huge. Increase everything by 50%.
    • 50% more people, 50% more houses, 50% more jobs, 50% more traffic on the roads etc

Let’s take a closer look. Continue reading