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EXTENDING the submission period on the
Healthy Rivers/Wai Ora Plan Change 1 could
be counter-productive to the interests of rural
That’s according to Waikato Regional Council
chief executive Vaughan Payne in reply to a media
statement on Monday by Horticulture New Zea-
land claiming council “delay tactics” over a court
application by Horticulture NZ and five other
groups for an extension to the March 8 submis-
sions deadline on the plan change.
The court application relates to an area in north
Waikato temporarily being withdrawn from the
plan change due to Hauraki iwi consultation
It’s hoped the possibility of an extension will
be considered by the Healthy Rivers/Wai Ora
committee before the deadline.
Mr Payne says staff will not be recommending
an extension to the committee.
“Such an extension could actually be against
the interest of rural sector groups. A decision
on the plan change needs to be made within
two years of it having been publicly notified in
“If we delay closing off the submissions on
March 8, this will leave less time for us to work
with submitters on resolving any issues prior to
public hearings due to get underway late this year
or early 2018,” says Mr Payne.
“We want as much time as possible to do this
before the two year deadline for a decision on the
plan change is up.
“We indicated to Horticulture NZ before they
filed their court application that we would rather
CEO says his staff
will not recommend
spend our energies working with them to resolve
issues than getting tied up in legal battles. But they
and the others went ahead anyway.”
MORE THAN GENEROUS
Mr Payne stressed that it had been known since
September that there was a March 8, 2017 dead-
line for submissions – four times the usual period
required under the Resource Management Act.
“ The council and river iwi partners have been
more than generous on this front,” he says.
“Another extension to the submissions dead-
line simply leaves us less time to work with
submitters to get alignment on common issues
and present a united position to the hearings
It is expected that Hauraki iwi views on the
withdrawn north Waikato area will be able to
be incorporated into the plan change process
The area was withdrawn after Hauraki raised
concerned that it hadn’t been consulted properly.
Discussions are currently underway to take
account of Hauraki’s views with the expectation
that the area in north Waikato in question will be
re-integrated into the plan change process.
This is so that further submissions can be made
on both the current plan change and the Hauraki-
relevant parts before full hearings scheduled for
late 2017/early 2018.
BRENT Norriss has resigned as chief ex-
ecutive of Te Kuiti-based electricity network
distributor The Lines Company.
Mr Norriss has been with the company for
almost 15 years – as engineering manager for
more than 10 years before being appointed
CEO in April 2013.
“It has been an incredible journey that I
have been on with this company over that
period,” he says.
“It makes me very proud to have been part
of the company’s progression and I have seen
substantive improvements in engineering,
safety, network performance, generation,
metering and the start of some meaningful
Mr Norriss, who leaves TLC on May 3,
says he now wishes to focus on his health,
fitness and family to facilitate his passion of
He has been working with TLC’s board
prior to announcing his departure to ensure
there is a seamless transition to a new CEO
so staff and the company as a whole, have as
little disruption as possible.
“I remain supportive of the organisation
and look forward to seeing it move from
strength to strength,” he says.
Board chairman Mark Darrow says: “Brent
is an exceptional engineer and his hard
work and dedication to the network is to
be admired especially through what have
been some challenging times in a tough
“We hope that once Brent has taken some
time to rest, he may continue to assist TLC
in an advisory or contract capacity at some
TLC chief exec resigns
“For now though, the company has a
heavy workload ahead with the changing
regulatory environment, the pricing review
currently afoot, and generally evolving TLC
to be a more customer-centric organisation.”
Mr Darrow says the board is very fo-
cussed on the company’s future and “com-
pleting the important projects currently
underway as well as ensuring our long-term
“TLC needs to be a key enabler and
service provider in the King Country com-
munity. Being able to progress these projects
and achieve that outlook, underpin the core
skills we are looking for in a new CEO and
we hope to make an announcement on that
Reservoir contract awarded
THE contract for a $188,320 upgrade to
the Mountain View Rd reservoir has been
awarded to Cambridge company Applied
The contract includes the installation of
a 400 cubic metre reservoir, foundations
and pipe work.
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Water Restrictions for Waitomo district
The following restrictions are in place for Waitomo District water supplies:
Mokau, Piopio and Benneydale are on Level 1 - Conservation: Use
sprinklers between 6-8am and 6-8pm. Hand-held hosing is allowed anytime.
Te Kuiti is on Level 3 - Restrictions: No sprinklers allowed. Hand-held
hosing only. For quick tips to conserve water visit our website.
Be a responsible dog owner
It is important to register your dog every year as part of being a responsible
dog owner. Dog registration provides safety and security for dogs, owners
and the community.
Have your ownership details changed? We encourage all dog owners
to notify us of any changes in their dog ownership status; change of owner
contact or dog details, a change in the number of dogs kept on a premise, or
advising a change of dog ownership.
All dogs must be kept under the control of their owner. Adequate fencing, a
kennel or running wire are some of the ways you can keep your dog secure
on your property.
Don’t make your dogs mess someone else’s problem. The Dog Control
Bylaw requires all dog owners to appropriately dispose of any droppings
left by the dog in a public place. Bag it and bin it, or risk a $300 fine.
Balloons visit Te Kuiti
We are excited to announce that the ‘Balloons over Waikato’ festival will once
again make an appearance in Te Kuiti. Families will enjoy getting up close
to some amazing hot-air balloons. So mark the calendar and bring the family
out for a very special evening, bought to you by Waitomo District Council in
conjunction with Balloons over Waikato. The event will be held on Friday
24th March, 6.00pm - 8.00pm at the Te Kuiti Domain.
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