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Public air concerns over HVM
By Todd Ward
CLOSE to 100 people gathered in Otorohanga
on Wednesday night to express their views about
Happy Valley Milk Ltd’s proposal to build a $200
million dairy factory in their town. (Waitomo
News, January 26)
The major concerns at the public meeting were
about a lack of information ranging from water
sourcing and wastewater disposal to the increase
of traffic flow and job numbers.
CAME UNDER FIRE
Held in Otorohanga Kiwi House’s Tuatara
Room, there was some support for HVM direc-
tor Randolph van der Burgh regarding economic
But overall he came under fire to explain ex-
actly what the company plans to achieve and how.
The proposed factory will be built on the
corner of SH31 and Redlands Rd producing high-
value nutritional milk powder products using A2
and organic milk.
Expected to create between 50 and 60 jobs,
plus work for contractors in the construction of
the plant, HVM is currently during the process
of obtaining RMA consents with plans to be fully
operational by the 2018 milking season.
Although HVM is seeking consent for
two eight-tonne (per hour) dryers, Mr van der
Burgh said they first plan to build only one, and
if financially successful, the second would built
at a later date.
He said they plan to source all their necessary
water from onsite bores with wastewater either be
irrigated on company partner Allen van der Poel’s
farmland and/or trucked offsite to be disposed of.
Otorohanga District Council chief executive
Dave Clibbery was also questioned about the
council’s role in both the supply and disposal of
“At this stage we are in negotiations with
Happy Valley Milk about the supply of water and
we are intent on recovering all of the costs that the
council will incur for the supply of water – both
in terms of the actual provision of the water on an
operational basis and if it changes to infrastruc-
ture that’s needed to supply that water,” he said.
“So I’m expecting it to be entirely cost neutral
in terms of supply and services to this operation
if it was to go ahead.”
As for HVM being able to dispose of bulk
wastewater quantities through the council’s
wastewater system Mr Clibbery definitively said
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HAPPY Valley Milk Ltd director Randolph van der Burgh answers questions about plans to build
a $200 million dairy factory in Otorohanga at a public meeting on Wednesday.
THE Otorohanga District Council (ODC)
is reviewing the way its dog control service is
Currently 90% of the cost of dog control is
recovered through user charges – mainly dog
registration fees – with the remaining 10%
funded through a district-wide Uniform Annual
General Charge (rates).
At its meeting on Tuesday, councillors dis-
cussed revising the funding to 70% user charges
and 30% UAGC, a decision which requires public
The suggested 20% increase in UAGC to 30%
is about $35,000 per annum, and would result in
an additional charge of $8.70 per year for each
rate paying property in the district.
In a report, chief executive Dave Clibbery
said the original funding ratio was “intended to
reflect that the need for dog control arises from
people owning dogs” so a very direct user-pays
approach was taken.
However, he said recent discussions had sug-
gested the approach overlooked several issues.
“There is substantial public good in having
effective dog control – it reduces the risk of dog
attacks and nuisance, creating a better and safer
environment for all.”
While unlicensed dogs could cause problems,
the associated costs were being put back on those
who were paying for registrations, therefore
having an adverse affect on owners of “multiple
well-managed and controlled dogs”.
Mr Clibbery said a system which was heavily
reliant on registration fees could result in a “vi-
cious cycle because any cost increase requires
registration fees to rise.
“But these higher fees then deter some owners
from registering their dogs.”
He said that while the registration of dogs is a
legal requirement, identifying unregistered dogs
is not simple.
“These factors taken together suggest that
there may be benefits in revising the funding of
dog control to reduce the extent of reliance on
During Tuesday’s discussions, councillor Ro-
byn Klos questioned whether it was fair to have
ratepayers pay more, when those in rural areas
may not use the dog control service.
Fellow councillor Deborah Pilkington said it
was not unusual to have pig hunters’ or stray dogs
come onto a rural property and need to call dog
control to remove them.
“Dog control falls under the community
outcome of the Otorohanga district being a safe
place to live,” she said.
She compared dog control to public librar-
ies and swimming pools, which are ratepayer
funded, but not necessarily used by everyone
in the district.
The proposed change would require an
amendment of ODC’s revenue and funding
policy and under the Local Government Act
2002, any such amendment is subject to public
The council decided to invite public submis-
sions on the proposal, which opened on Thurs-
day and close on February 17.
Any submissions will be considered at its next
meeting on February 21.
Dog control fees under review
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