Home' Waitomo News : 1 March 2016 Contents 2 WAITOMO NEWS Tuesday, March 1, 2016
WELCOME to this month’s column.
For the second time this year we have had a tragic
road accident on Saturday resulting in multiple
deaths. My thoughts go out to the families of the
deceased, and to those that sustained injury.
While the details of what actually occurred won’t
be fully known until the police investigation is
complete, we will be working closely with the New
Zealand Transport Agency (NZTA) to see what
improvements can be made to make this stretch
of road safer.
SH3 has a consistent increase in traffic volumes
year on year, and I have noticed what appears to
be a significant increase in traffic during the past
I have been involved for the past two years in the Collabora-
tive Stakeholder Group tasked with developing a plan change
aimed at cleaning up the Waipa and Waikato river systems.
We are now at the sharp end of this process as we debate the
proposed changes in final detail. This will have impacts on farm-
ers, and point source discharges from industry and municipal
wastewater plants in the catchment.
We are working to ensure the proposed changes
will be fair and equitable, practical and able to be
implemented in an appropriate timeframe, and
have the necessary rigour to be enforceable.
Many of you have attended the various work-
shops, and your feedback has been invaluable in
making sure we get the balance right.
We plan to present the proposed plan to the
Waikato Regional Council over the next couple of
While many economic indicators are not overly
positive for the next year, we certainly have a lot
happening in our district at present.
Several new builds are happening in Te Kuiti
with several more on the immediate horizon.
Many regions outside Auckland are experiencing the same,
and we are working to facilitate these developments alongside
the people driving them.
The devastation that has struck Fiji is of a huge scale and
they need help from neighbouring nations.
THIS referendum gives New Zealanders the
opportunity to express our independence.
We are all proud of our inheritance wherever
our origins. As a nation we have now progressed
and stamped our mark as people and a nation with
our own identity.
Let us now have a flag which enhances and
combines our cultures.
The silver fern is our national emblem, the
Southern Cross is our locality in the South Pacific.
No longer to be confused with Australia.
FORMER British Royal Air Force
pilot Dennis Buck was reunited with
an old friend when he visited Waito-
mo last week.
While on holiday, he visited the
popular Woodlyn Park – owned by
Barry Woods – and was pleased to
see a RNZAF Bristol Freighter there,
converted into two motel rooms.
“In 1967, as a young Royal Air
Force pilot, I was posted to Singapore
with No52 Squadron flying Andover
Mk1 aircraft, one of which is in the
Air Force Museum in Christchurch,”
says Mr Buck.
“None of the squadron pilots were
familiar with Hong Kong so I was ap-
proved to fly to Kai Tak in a RNZAF
Bristol Freighter.This aircraft just
happens to be the same one that is
now at Woodlyn Park.”
Mr Buck says it was “unbelievable”
to rediscover an aircraft from his past
and to realise how difficult they must
have been to fly with their tail wheel.
“This week I will board an Airbus
A380 and fly back to Sydney taking
my memories with me and reflect-
ing on how aircraft design has pro-
with ‘old friend’
CROSSING PATHS: Former British Air Force pilot David Buick (right) caught up with an
old ‘friend’ at Woodlyn Park last week – a RNZAF Bristol Freighter (above) – that he flew in
the late 1960s.
By Waitomo Mayor
In My View
A big thumbs up to Sharon Church and her team who organised a drive
for supplies to send to Fiji. The community has dug deep and a large donation
of goods was trucked out of Te Kuiti yesterday.
It just shows what a small community can do in a short space of time to
help a very needy cause. Well done Sharon.
THUMBS UP to the Waitomo District Council and the folk who look after the park
and gardens in Te Kuiti. You are doing a great job – they look lovely.
THUMBS UP to Sharon Church, her band of helpers, Sarah Williams and Te Kuiti
High School students along with Sorensen Transport team for ensuring the residents
of the North King Country lent a helping hand to the appeal for Fiji. Well done!
The Waitomo News team
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