WDC plans climate response

New Zealand’s local councils increasingly recognise they have a duty to act on the climate crisis and are working to meet its challenges.

“We’re not waiting for Government,” Dunedin mayor Aaron Hawkins told Newsroom.

In the Waikato district, deputy mayor and Tamahere councillor Aksel Bech promised after his re-election that he would develop a council response to climate change “with priority and urgency”.

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Detour ahead on SH1

State Highway 1 road resurfacing is scheduled to start on Sunday, March 8, forcing a detour for northbound traffic at Tamahere.

The work will be carried out between 7pm and 6am with northbound SH1 traffic detouring on to the off-ramp to Airport Rd via Tamahere Drive and continuing through the roundabout on to the on-ramp to re-join SH1.

New asphalt will be applied to the expressway surface and, consequently, also new line markings.

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Labour selects Waikato candidate

The Labour Party has selected Kerrin Leoni as their candidate for the Waikato electorate for the upcoming general election.

Leoni, 39, was nominated unopposed as the candidate for the electorate, which covers the area from Te Kauwhata to Te Aroha, down to Ngaruawahia, Tamahere and outer parts of Rototuna, across to Matamata – subject to confirmation of the new boundaries in April.

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Seats arrive at park

Seats have started to arrive in Tamahere Park, including some with the distinctive sculptural style of renowned local artist Marti Wong.

So far, in and around the playground on Wiremu Tamehana Dr and adjacent piazza, are five of Wong’s unique seats, three benches and two oversize wooden seats, reports a delighted Tamahere councillor Aksel Bech.

Also in construction are three water fountains, including one with a dog bowl, which are supported by Newstead Vets.

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Call for speedsters to slow

Speeding drivers ignoring 50km/hour speed signs have prompted a Birchwood Lane resident to plead for them to slow down.

“I am so fed up with cars speeding down our road despite the 50 speed limit sign,” said Elisabetta Premoli.

“I am concerned for the many children walking/biking to school as well as the rest of the community.”

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Walk tips to stay safe

A concerned local makes a plea for people walking on our roads to follow the road code’s recommendation to walk on the side facing oncoming vehicles.

“At least then evasive action can be taken if needed,” says a concerned Raeburne Bourke.

“I am amazed at the number of folk who walk with their backs to traffic and some people are well out into the carriage way.”

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Underpass set for Airport Rd

The NZ Transport Agency is to fund a pedestrian and cycle underpass of Airport Rd/SH21 – one of several safety black spots in Tamahere.

The action comes after unprecedented protests in Tamahere, including a packed public meeting, and a call to the agency by Associate Transport Minister for safer connectivity for the area.

Tamahere Community Committee chair Sue Robertson welcomed confirmation of the funding for the underpass but said it was just a start.

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New deputy mayor targets climate

New Waikato district deputy mayor, Tamahere councillor Aksel Bech, aims to develop a council response to climate change “with priority and urgency”.

The new Waikato District Council was sworn in at a ceremony today following elections earlier this month.

Re-elected mayor, Allan Sanson, and thirteen councillors will represent the district across 10 wards for the next three years.

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Waikato growing fast

Waikato, one of the country’s fastest growing districts, is forecast to jump from its current 29,000 households and 77,000 people to around 41,000 households and 102,000 people by 2040.

The Waikato District Council is preparing for a long period of growth and change and has been working hard on major initiatives in the past year that will be crucial to creating liveable communities for the future, it says.

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