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WELCOME to this month’s column, the first
for the year.
I hope you all enjoyed a great break over the
While it might not have been the greatest
weather for holidaying, it certainly has been
very good for farming with ample rain and grass
growth. As often happens, summer finally arrives
as school goes back!
In late December, I along with about 400 oth-
ers attended a meeting in Te Kuiti to hear from
a panel of presenters with views on the Healthy
Rivers proposed plan change.
I thought this was an excellent meeting with
many farmers very engaged in this process. I
have been contacted by numerous farmers with
concerns about the Healthy Rivers project, and
the proposed plan change.
The submission process is now live and runs
until March 8, giving everyone the opportunity
to have their say.
It is really important to take this opportunity to
make submissions, and where there are areas you
disagree with, say so and come up with alternative
options that you think are workable and afford-
able, while still achieving the goal of improving
the health of the Waipa and Waikato rivers.
Council is working on its own submission with
the aim of addressing some of the areas we have
concerns about, with the goal of minimising the
overall social and financial impact for our many
Tourism continues to have a major impact on
IN MY VIEW
By Brian Hanna
Challenges and events
our district, with visitors to the Waitomo area as
high as ever.
While this delivers significantly to our econ-
omy, it also creates challenges to our infrastruc-
tures as they come under increasing pressures.
We want to work closely with both tourist op-
erators and central government to make sure we
are meeting visitor needs, and ensure they have a
great experience when they visit here.
The Timber Trail at Pureora continues to grow
in popularity and new tourism product develop-
ments will add to this experience.
I recently attended the Coast Sports Day at
Marokopa and had a great day. This event is one
of those great community events with activities
for the whole family, and is only a few years away
from celebrating its centenary year, which is quite
a remarkable achievement.
Te Kuiti and Waitomo district’s reputation as
the ‘Shearing Capital of the World’ has been rein-
forced with the many successful record attempts
taking place over the past month, as competitors
built up to the World Shearing and Woolhandling
Championships in Invercargill this week.
Sir David Fagan is leading the team organising
this event, the first time it has been held outside
of Masterton, when hosted by NZ.
I know several local competitors will be taking
part, so good luck to you all.
I have been involved with several groups that
have been caught out by the new liquor licenc-
ing laws, which came into effect in the last year,
specifically around special licences for events.
The law (laid down by central government) is
very specific with no discretion, and groups are
being caught out by
the 21 working day
with more detailed
site specific require-
ments than needed
in the past.
If you are going
to require a special
licence and are un-
sure of what you
need to do please
contact us for clari-
We are often
there is a problem
and it is usually too late to do anything, which
is frustrating, as it is often for a community or
I’d like pass my condolences onto the Barton
family, on the passing of John.
A large crowd farewelled John at the Les
Munro Centre on January 28, which reflected his
wide involvement in our community.
John was a larger than life character, who did
things “his way” and made a huge impact on our
He was the architect behind the Greenplan
forestry business, and served this community as
a longstanding district councillor, and also served
as deputy mayor.
John liked nothing more than an earnest de-
bate, and I (like many of you) have been given
sage advice by him over the years!
Waitomo district has indeed lost one of its
THE $6 million redevelopment of Oparure
school, Te Wharekura o Maniapoto is expected
to begin in April.
Principal Hirere Moana says the redevelop-
ment will see the wharekura’s existing buildings
replaced with a new single two-storey building
(Waitomo News, November 24, 2015).
The rebuild will take about 12 months to com-
plete, and is part of the Ministry of Education’s
$180 million spend on the redevelopment of five
New Zealand schools.
Attached to the school, which caters for stu-
dents from year 1-year 13, will be a multi-purpose
room containing specialist learning spaces and a
covered, all weather outdoor playing area.
The carpark and drop-off areas will also be
upgraded with paved play areas and improved
drainage and playing fields.
The redevelopment will enable the school’s roll
to increase to 150 students. It is currently 100.
Mrs Moana says the new building will be
modern and open-planned. “Our aim is to have
more collaboration between the students with
their work and teachers with their skills.”
She says the wharekura is currently in discus-
sions with another local school about relocating
there for the duration of the rebuild.
“Everyone is excited and we will do everything
we can to maintain our quality of education dur-
ing that period.”
April start for school build
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