Exclusive – Rimmington Returns

Russ Rimmington

Russ Rimmington

Ousted Waikato Regional Council chair Russ Rimmington is back on the hustings and is promising to have a team to challenge for seats.

Rimmington, a former Hamilton mayor, was thought a year ago to have been contemplating retiring from local body politics as chair of the regional council.

But the veteran’s appetite was whetted when he was controversially dumped by a group of eight councillors in May.

Councillors took issue with comments he made about Three Waters and co-governance.

He has gone to court to challenge that decision – and now, speaking exclusively to The News, has revealed he will be on a Stop Three Waters ticket to be unveiled when nominations close on Friday.

Rimmington, who lives in Tamahere, said the make up of the team he is part of would be revealed when nominations are declared but indicated he could have members standing in five constituencies.

He is one of four Hamilton constituency representatives and was in Hamilton putting up signs yesterday.

The council also has Waikato, Waihou, Taupō-Rotorua, Thames-Coromandel, Waipā-King Country and two Māori constituencies, Ngā Hau e Wha and Ngā Tai Ki Uta.

The council comprises 14 councillors, who select a chair.

 

More Recent News

Museum gems protected

Most objects in Te Awamutu Museum’s collection are safe in climate-controlled storage following the sudden decision to evacuate the museum’s Roche Street building three months ago. Uenuku, a taonga of Tainui and the most valuable…

Storm: how our mayor prepared

Susan O’Regan was only days into her new job as Waipā mayor late last year when she sought a briefing with the council’s Emergency Management team. “There were a handful of things that were very…

United it stands…

A century after a community campaign  saw the establishment of Anzac Green in Te Awamutu, the same spirit is alive and well as plans proceed to save its flagpole. The Green, originally the Memorial Triangle,…

Helping our neighbours

Waipā staff came to the rescue of southern neighbours Waitomo during the Anniversary Weekend storms which pummelled the upper North Island. Little damage was reported in Waipā district itself where the stormwater system was able…