Mayors eye $10M kickstart

The Waikato Mayoral Forum has work underway to identify more than $10 million of “shovel-ready” projects to stimulate the Waikato economy.

Forum chair, Waikato District Mayor Allan Sanson, said the projects sought should be ready to go within six months of the lockdown end in order to contribute to a substantial stimulus of the local economy and create jobs.

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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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Meet mayoral hopefuls

What are the views of Waikato district mayoral candidates of themselves, the environment and sustainability and more?

Tamahere Forum put questions to the three mayoral candidates and has drawn together online information to bring you a picture of the hopefuls.

This is the question we put to the three candidates.

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Locals angry at losing to cars

The high toll the Waikato Expressway is taking on the Tamahere community was made crystal clear at a public meeting last night.

More than a hundred people turned out for the biggest public meeting in living memory to express their disgust and frustration at the sacrifice expected of the community for the sake of the big State Highway 1 roading project.

Speaker after speaker identified the dangers to locals – children and adults – of simply trying to get around their own patch by foot or cycle in an area where speeding cars were the priority.

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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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Debate starts on Waikato’s future

Discussions about the long term future of the Waikato district – to be captured in a 10-year plan designed to provide a blueprint for future development – have begun.
Waikato District councillors, community board and community committee members attended a workshop yesterday facilitated by BNZ Chief Economist Tony Alexander.

The district council will prepare a draft Long Term Plan 2018-28 over the next 15 months and the community will be invited to have a say on it in March/April 2018.

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Waikato building booms

Waikato is one of the highest growth areas in the North Island, according to the latest figures from Statistics NZ.

Positioned in the ‘golden triangle’ between Auckland, Hamilton and Tauranga, the Waikato district was only eclipsed by its three, fast-growing, city neighbours in the building consent stakes in 2016.

The Waikato District Council issued more consents for new dwellings last year than any other North Island council other than those covering Auckland, Hamilton and Tauranga.

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Voters eye election candidates

What better way to get to know an election candidate than to see the whites of their eyes.

Add in the way they sit, stand, speak and generally carry themselves and you have a pretty good start on judging what sort of woman or man wants your vote.

That’s the chance a small but keen audience got in Tamahere on Tuesday night when locals got up close and personal with the two Tamahere ward candidates and five mayoral candidates in this year’s Waikato District Council election.

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Election candidates speak tonight

A public meeting to give Tamahere locals a chance to meet candidates in next month’s local body elections is on tonight (Tuesday, September 13.)
The meeting, in the Tamahere Community Centre at 7.30pm,
will give voters an opportunity to hear from the two people standing for the Tamahere ward as well as those vying for the Waikato district’s mayoral chains.
Candidates will have around seven minutes to make a presentation and then will field questions from the floor.

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Meet the candidates

A public meeting to give Tamahere locals a chance to meet candidates in the upcoming local body elections is to be held on Tuesday, September 13.

The meeting, in the Tamahere Community Centre at 7.30pm, will give voters an opportunity to hear from the two people standing for the Tamahere ward as well as those vying for the Waikato district’s mayoral chains.

The evening will be hosted by the Tamahere Community Committee.

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