Interest high in board seats

Interest high in board seats

When nominations closed for the Waipā District Council local elections at midday on Friday, the fears there would not be enough candidates for a genuine election dissipated immediately. A flurry of people had come forward….

Why spatial plans are vital

Kirsty Downey understands why people’s eyes glaze over when she talks about Ahu Ake, Waipā’s spatial plan. “We don’t want this to be a document that sits on the shelf,” says Downey, the council’s Strategy…

Third bridge: ‘do it now’

Mayoral candidate Chris Woodhams has fired the opening salvo in the race for the top job by saying if elected, he would “build a bridge” across the Waikato River. The need for a third bridge…

Planners point finger

Act will ‘pit public against council’ Two Waipā planners have lashed out at the government for its controversial housing intensification plans which they say is heavy handed and will change the face of the district….

King and Petch are Games queens

Waipā-born athletes have excelled at the Commonwealth Games in Birmingham. Cambridge squash queen Joelle King picked up two gold medals in Birmingham this week to take her career medal tally from four Commonwealth Games to…

Consents up, time down 

Waipā council staff are catching up with processing consents and taking less time to do so, District Growth and Regulatory Services manager Wayne Allan told this week’s Strategic Planning and Policy committee. In the quarter…

‘Menacing’ dog numbers up 

Waipā’s menacing and dangerous dog population has increased, Animal Control statistics released this week for the year ended June 30 show. The district has 135 menacing dogs – up from 118 the previous year. Menacing…

Fighting tooth and nail

More than 50 anti-fluoride opponents heckled Waipā District councillors at their Tuesday meeting. The Te Awamutu News was there and Mary Anne Gill reports. Furious anti-fluoride protesters called district councillors “criminals” this week and appeared…

We will welcome them

Street parades will be held in Waipā for the district’s Commonwealth Games athletes to recognise their achievements in Birmingham. The games still have another four days to go so there might be even more successes…

Council chief plots road ahead 

Waipā needs astute, strategic and well-informed leaders for what chief executive Garry Dyet describes as a “pivotal time” to be an elected representative in the district. “We need people who will put the time and…