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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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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Sanson fourth term mayor

Allan Sanson is back for a fourth term as Waikato District mayor, polling more than six thousand votes ahead of his nearest rival.

In the Waikato constituency of the Waikato Regional Council, Fred Lichtwark is back for a second term and is joined by Pamela Storey.

Rob McGuire was returned in the Eureka Ward of the district council where Tamahere Ward councillor Aksel Bech was also returned (unopposed).

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Size matters – for books but not votes

Size matters, according to Waikato District Council chief executive Gavin Ion.

One of the reasons for controversially ending the council’s contract paying for district residents’ access to the Hamilton city libraries “is that it only benefits a small percentage of our residents,” he said in a statement today.

What percentage is too small to warrant the expense of allowing Waikato residents who are miles from a district library the ability to use one on their doorstep? He doesn’t say.

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Fast internet work to start

Ultra fast broadband is set to be delivered to Tamahere and Matangi with work scheduled to start next month.

Ultrafast Fibre, the company bringing fast broadband to the area under the government’s broadband scheme, said today work was scheduled to start in May.

Under the rollout scheme, the capital cost of installing the fibre road by road is underwritten by the government allowing individual customers to simply sign up with broadband service providers at no more cost than their urban counterparts.

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Maps show fast internet area

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.

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