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Council proposes rate rise

Feb 23rd, 2018 | By

The Waikato District Council will meet next Wednesday, February 28 to approve a consultation document for its draft 10-year plan, which proposes a rate rise of 6.24% from July.

The increase will reduce in successive years to 4.8% in 2019/20, 3.73% in 2020/21 and 3% for the following years.

In addition there will be increases in targeted rates for localised services such as water supply and refuse collections, so overall rates rises may be significant for some communities.

Appeal over Icepak site

Feb 20th, 2018 | By

An appeal has been lodged on the decision to decline a precedent-setting residential subdivision on the the former Icepak Coolstores site.

The site owner, former Icepak director Wayne Grattan, is appealing the resource consent decision by an independent commissioner on grounds including that undue weight was put on the precedent-setting nature of the subdivision.

Waikato District Council Hearing Commissioner David Hill said in January that the application to subdivide the 2.1ha Devine Rd block into six lots could not be justified.

Icepak subdivision declined

Jan 12th, 2018 | By

A bid to subdivide the former Icepak Coolstores site into a precedent setting number of residential blocks has been declined.

In a decision released yesterday, Waikato District Council Hearing Commissioner David Hill said the application to subdivide the 2.1ha block into six lots, all less than the 5,000 square metres provided in the district plan, could not be justified.

The application, which came almost 10 years after the Devine Rd site was razed by an explosion and fire that killed a fireman, was made by former Icepak managing director Wayne Grattan.

Chance for comment closing

Jan 12th, 2018 | By

The chance to give feedback on the Waikato’s draft district plan ends this month.

Workshops were held around the Waikato district late last year, including in Tamahere, as part of the Waikato District Council’s consultation on the draft plan.

The open days in November and December were well attended with more than 520 people turning out to discuss the draft plan options and give feedback on a wide range of matters.

Club debates golf course future

Dec 13th, 2017 | By

Riverside Golf Club members are to discuss a proposal to sell one of the club’s two courses to make way for the Southern Links roading project.

The Tamahere club has two golf courses – Narrows and Lochiel. The plan is for the Narrows course to be sold and to redevelop the 18-hole Lochiel course and clubhouse facilities.

Club president Craig Meinsmith​ said the club has been in discussions with the New Zealand Transport Agency for some time over the future of the Narrows course, which has a highway designation running through it.

Water use prompts cuts

Dec 1st, 2017 | By

Restrictions on the use of garden sprinklers are now in place after significant increase in water consumption across the region triggered a water alert.

Waikato District, Hamilton City and Waipa District are now all on Water Alert Level 1, which means sprinklers should only be used between 6am to 8am and 6pm to 8pm each day.

A handheld hose can be used at any time.

Pool of community spirit opens

Nov 24th, 2017 | By

Tamahere School now boasts a stunning, modern pool complex that is testimony to community spirit and culinary inspiration.

The $600,000 Vela Pool Complex, named for a major donor to the project, officially opened today only three years after the building project was conceived.

The splashy, two-pool facility replaces a humble, 75-year-old single pool so shallow that senior students would scrape their hands on the bottom as they swam.

Maps show fast internet area

Nov 17th, 2017 | By

Ultrafast Fibre, the company bringing fast broadband to Tamahere and Matangi, has released maps of the area it will serve with fibre.

Tamahere Councillor Aksel Bech said the release of the detail was exciting progress.

“We now know that the area within the yellow line on the map will get fibre under the government’s ultra fast broadband 2+ initiative and that it must be completed by the end of 2019,” Bech said.

District ‘rule book’ up for re-write

Nov 10th, 2017 | By

Consultation is underway on the draft Waikato District Plan – the ‘rule book’ that manages the way land is used, developed and subdivided in the Waikato district.

It’s an important time for residents to give feedback because the plan governs how we live, work and play across the district but there can be different rules depending on where we live and what we want for our area.

The plan roadshow will be in Tamahere, 2pm to 7pm on Wednesday, December 6 in the Tamahere Community Centre.

Waikato property values rise fast

Oct 27th, 2017 | By

The Waikato district is one of the New Zealand’s fastest growing areas, new property valuations show.

The total rateable value of the Waikato district’s 31,271 properties is now $27.69 billion with the land value of those properties now valued at $17.12 billion.

Waikato District Council reported last week that district property values had risen by an average of 33.7% overall in the past three years.