Big shake up for water ahead

The Government is planning a ‘managed buyout’ of the country’s water services. This would see responsibility for the so-called Three Waters – drinking water, wastewater and stormwater – taken out of the hands of local councils.

Instead, they would be managed by several (probably four) regional public agencies.

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New flood risk maps finally out

The Waikato District Council is expected to this week advise the owners of around 920 Tamahere properties of the re-calculated flood risk of their land.

The update and amendment of a study into the drainage patterns of the Tamahere Country Living Zone follows a release of information in July last year that proved very controversial.

“The letters being sent to property owners within the Tamahere Country Living Zone this week is the culmination of what is best described as a challenging process,” Tamahere councillor Wally Hayes told Tamahere Forum.

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Bridge ahead, flood risk not over

Planning is underway for a $250,000 walkway linking Tamahere’s Woodcock Rd and Matangi’s Fuchsia Lane, including a bridge spanning the Mangaharakeke stream.

Tamahere district councillor Wally Hayes presented an artists impression of the 80m bridge to this month’s meeting of the Tamahere Community Committee (TCC).

The walkway, to be named the Alan Turner Memorial Walkway in memory of the long serving council environment planner who died last year, is expected to be built in the next year.

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