Exclusive – Rimmington Returns

Exclusive – Rimmington Returns

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…

Māori on new roll

People on the Māori roll for general elections have been automatically switched to Māori ward rolls for October’s local body elections. But no one has thought to actually tell them. The decision impacts on 35…

Dental care strain emphasised

A new paper calling for a rethink of dental hygiene for children has been released days after The News revealed Te Awamutu’s Community Board had accused the Government of “subverting” science over fluoride use. The…

Live streaming: by choice

There appears to be little or no interest in compelling local bodies to live stream all their meetings. Local Government Minister Nanaia Mahuta has signalled she is comfortable with the current arrangement which leaves the…

No ordinary man

There are times when writers are rewarded beyond their wildest dreams for going the extra mile. In researching for one of his books while in Britain, Graeme Woodfield was given access to a treasure trove…

A great bypass operation

How traffic from Waipā heads north – and returns home – is about the change. Good Local editor Roy Pilott gets an early look at the Hamilton section of the Waikato Expressway which will open…

Legal twist in council sacking

The vote of a single councillor when Waikato Regional Council chair Russ Rimmington got rolled this week prompted his suggestion it would result in a judicial review. Rimmington was dumped by an 8-6 margin on…

Up for the cup

High flying Te Awamutu take on Rotorua club Lakes in the country’s oldest knockout competition on Anzac Day. Joint WaiBop football league leaders Te Awamutu go into the 2pm clash having clocked up successive wins,…

Council chair stands firm

Regional council leader Russ Rimmington is still at the helm despite a demand from eight of his councillors to stand down. The next couple of weeks will determine the future of the veteran politician, a…

Survey stays exclusive

WE SAY …. Arrangements which smack of an old boys’ network influence are not something the Waipā District Council – particularly its media shy senior economic development manager – should be a party to. For…