Postal, mobile and drive voting

Postal voting is underway in the local body elections and votes need to be in the mail by Tuesday, October 8 to be in time for the close of voting, noon, Saturday, October 12.

If you are running late, a mobile voting box will be at Tamahere’s Punnet Cafe on October 11 from 1pm to 2.30pm.

There will also be drive through voting available at the Matangi Four Square on Tuesday, October 8 between 7.30am and 9am.

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Regional candidates speak out

What are the views of Waikato Regional Council candidates on the environment, sustainability and more?

Tamahere Forum put questions to the Waikato constituency candidates and has drawn together other online information to bring you a picture of the council hopefuls.

This is the question we put to the four candidates:

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Look out for voting papers

Local government voters will be able to cast their votes in the 2019 Waikato District and Waikato Regional Council elections from today.

Voting papers are in the mail and expected to be delivered by Wednesday, September 25.

People who have not received their papers by then should contact Waikato District Council Electoral Officer Dale Ofsoske on 0800 922 822 or visit one of the council offices.

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Candidate nominations open

Nominations have opened for local body elections, including those for the Waikato District and Waikato Regional councils.

It’s time to consider whether you think you can make a difference in your community.

Waikato District Council Chief Executive Gavin Ion urged prospective candidates to get their nominations in now.

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Election info for wannabe candidates

Would you consider standing for a seat in local government?

The Waikato District Council will host two candidate information evenings in mid-July to give those who are considering putting their hands up at the October elections the chance to see what would be involved.

“If you are thinking about standing as Mayor, a Councillor or Community Board member we encourage you to come along.”

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Rabbit killer to be released

The Waikato Regional Council will release a rabbit-killing virus to reduce the significant environmental and agricultural impacts of the pest in some parts of the region.

By the end of April it’s expected the new rabbit haemorrhagic virus disease strain will be released at sites in Hamilton, Cambridge, Pauanui, Whangamata, Thames, Matarangi, Taupō, Kuratau and Kinloch.

“The virus is specific to rabbits,” said Biosecurity pest animals team leader Brett Bailey.

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Fined Regal vacates reserve

Regal Haulage will this week permanently vacate the Tamahere Reserve, closing the truck wash which earned it $1500 in fines from the Waikato Regional Council earlier this year.

The regional council closed down the rubbish-strewn Tauwhare Rd site temporarily in February after local resident Owen Trolove raised concerns it was polluting the Mangaone Stream.

In March, after an investigation the company was found to have breached both its consent and an already issued abatement notice – two infringments each earning a fine of $750.

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Regal fined over decrepit truck wash

Regal Haulage’s truck wash in the Tamahere Reserve remains shut down after the company was fined $1500 by the Waikato Regional Council for breaching its resource consent.

The alarm was raised over the decrepit nature of the drainage system from the truck wash and its impact downstream by concerned local Owen Trolove in February.

The facility was closed down by the regional council, which then launched an investigation into the discharge.

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Regal truck wash shut down

Regal Haulage’s truck wash site, within the Tamahere Reserve, has temporarily shut down after a local resident raised concerns it was polluting the Mangaone Stream.

The Waikato Regional Council (WRC), which acted to close the site, said investigations showed that a “malfunction in the truck wash was causing runoff into the stream”.

But an inspection today of the rubbish-strewn site with whistle blower Owen Trolove suggested that Regal Haulage could also be breaching its lease with the Waikato District Council (WDC) as well as its discharge consent from the regional council.

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New councillor’s job list grows

Tamahere’s new councillor found the list of what he hopes to achieve for Tamahere growing over the election campaign.
Political newcomer Aksel Jepsen, 51, won the two-way election for the Waikato District Council’s Tamahere ward at the weekend by 196 votes, on preliminary results.
Jepsen, who will succeed three-term councillor Wally Hayes, polled highest with 815 votes to his rival Donna Nichols’ 619 votes on election night.

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