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Call for action on intersection

Every time Ōhaupō resident Sue Davies drives to and from Hamilton for work, she’s reminded of the car crash she was involved in on the corner of SH3 and Raynes Road in Rukuhia. On Wednesday…

Council backs the boards

Waipā District councillors have recommended a reduction to their numbers, boundary changes, the scrapping of a rural ward and the retention of its two community boards. The recommendations, made at a Finance and Corporate committee…

Staff quit and… Ratepayers may pay for disgusting behaviour

Question: Who puts soiled nappies into recycling bins? Answer: Waipā residents Many Waipā residents continue to contaminate their recycling bins and the gross contamination staff witness is resulting in resignations due to stress. Hypodermic syringes,…

Jim: I’m standing again

Waipā mayor Jim Mylchreest will stand again at next year’s local body elections – telling voters a recent stroke will not affect his ability to lead the council for a fourth term. “I’m really keen…

Rallying for a cause

David Nordell likes nothing better than getting his hands dirty under the hood of a 1911 Cal Thorpe Roadster. He was to leave the roadster alone for a day to get out in his 1938…

Rate demands in the post

More than 23,000 rate demand letters landed in Waipā letterboxes last week asking ratepayers for more than $73 million. That will be just over half what the council needs to run the district for the…

Kihikihi names in the spotlight

Road names in Kihikihi could be challenged now a new Waipā street naming policy has been confirmed and at least one councillor says that it is a way to better reflect the community. The aim…

Covid money spend quizzed 

Waipā District councillors want more details about the benefits of spending $540,000 on a Covid recovery package and a say in where the remaining cash goes. At a Strategic Planning and Policy committee last week…

Railing against the road machines

“Everyone talks about 10 year plans – this should be a five year plan.” Waikato Regional Council chairman Russ Rimmington has jumped back on track to call for rail development in Waikato to be prioritised. He says priority must be given to establishing lines from…

When it comes to rail, councillors are . . . On different tracks

Two senior local authority councillors have mixed views on whether rail should feature in Waikato commuter plans. Hamilton City councillor Dave Macpherson, who played a vital role in lobbying for the establishment of Te Huia…

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