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OTOROHANGA District Council recently spent
$7500 to refurbish a smoke damaged council owned
elderly persons unit.
Chief executive Dave Clibbery says this is an
extreme example and the refurbishment costs are
not all attributed to damage caused by a tenant
who was a heavy smoker.
Considering societal attitudes towards smoking
and the risks to both health and property, Otoro-
hanga Community Board, who have governance
of the Windsor Court complex, agreed at their
January meeting, not to impose a ban on smoking
inside the units.
Ten tenants currently renting units are smokers.
Board chairman Robert Prescott says to impose a
ban would be unfair on people who are at a time in
their life where they may be very set in their ways.
“The consensus is not to unreasonably limit
the pleasures that people can enjoy in their own
homes,” says Mr Prescott.
In his report to the community board Mr Clib-
bery said the cost of typical smoke damage per unit
is about $200 per annum.
Tenants Rex Bullford, Paul Roberts and Mau-
reen Banfield, who are ex-smokers, agree with
the board’s decision to allow their neighbours to
continue to smoke indoors.
And they are unanimous as to who should be
responsible for costs relating to smoke damage,
and that’s not the council.
A 64-year-old tenant and lifetime smoker who
did not want to named, says smoking indoors isn’t
all that important to him.
“I keep my windows and doors open when I
smoke, and sometimes I will go outside.
“When I lived in Auckland I was not allowed to
smoke inside anywhere, it had to be outside and I
just accepted that.”
A requirement as part of the district council’s
tenancy agreement is for the occupier, if they
choose to smoke indoors, to have the walls, ceil-
ings, carpets, curtains and blinds cleaned on a
Mr Clibbery says: “The requirement for tenants
to clean the units on this basis is often impractical.
“Some tenants are physically unable to do so and
are unlikely to be willing to pay for commercial
Future tenancies in the complex will now contain
a clause banning smoking inside which is in line
with other Waikato region councils.
This will not affect current tenants.
WHO PAYS?: Windsor Court neighbours Paul Roberts and Maureen Banfield say Otoro-
hanga District Council should not pay for damage caused by smokers.
Smoking ban ahead
for council’s tenants
VOLUNTEER FIRE BRIGADES
AT 7.56pm on February 6, brigade
members were called to assist Mangaki-
no and Benneydale fire crews when a
car rolled on Scott Rd near Mangakino.
Although one passenger was seriously
injured and taken by air ambulance to
Waikato Hospital, both Benneydale
and Te Kuiti brigades were not required
at the scene and were turned back en
BRIGADE members investigated signs of
smoke coming from Tregoweth’s Mill on
Te Kumi Rd in Te Kuiti. No action was
AT 11.28am on Februar y 6, brigade
members responded when a private
fire alarm was activated at the Te Uku
windfarm substation. No damage was
reported. The next day at 4.10pm, fire-
fighters extinguished a vegetation fire on
Te Papatapu Rd in Makomako.
AT 12.50am on Februar y 7, crew mem-
bers assisted St John personnel with a
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