Home' Waitomo News : 5 April 2016 Contents 2 WAITOMO NEWS Tuesday, April 5, 2016
ONCE again we have celebrated another very
successful Muster and Shearing Champs weekend.
For a while it looked like the weather was going
to misbehave and for the first time ever we were
going to have a wet Muster day.
Luckily a few heavy showers were the only result,
and a large crowd gathered to see 1100-plus sheep
run down Rora St.
Thanks to John and James Fagan, Peter Bird and
his team for a great sheep run, and to Donna Mac-
donald and her team for another wonderful event.
This team has built up a great record of producing
fantastic events, and I thank them on your behalf.
The NZ Shears committee once again produced
three days and nights of top-class entertainment,
with capacity crowds at each night’s events.
The Friday night event is a fantastic way to
showcase our wonderful sport of shearing to a wide audience,
and most visitors are blown away by what they saw.
The highlight of the shearing, apart from a very close grand
finale, was the appearance of six world champions in a one-off
event, featuring our own shearing masters Alan MacDonald
and Sir David Fagan.
It was great to see the Les Munro Centre full to capacity,
which is a continual reminder of what a fantastic facility we
have in our district.
On Saturday, April 16 we will have the Munro family here to
officially unveil the plaque renaming the centre in Les’ memory.
This will be a public event and it will be advertised in this
newspaper in the near future.
I want to clear up some confusion in regard to a headline in
this paper referring to Waitomo District Council ‘writing off’
rates arrears on Maori land. (Waitomo News, March 8)
This was not correct, and I want to explain how WDC deals
with rate arrears situations.
Firstly, central government legislation is quite clear that
in situations of multiple-owned, unimproved and uninhabited
Maori land, rates are to be mandatory remitted.
This also applies to community groups, schools, maraes and
places of worship, Crown land such as Department of Conserva-
tion, where rates are mandatorily remitted, except
for service charges for water, sewage and rubbish
collection. Where situations of multiple-owned
Maori land exists we treat them the same as every
other remission, in that we expect the owners to
annually confirm their entitlement for remission,
as circumstances do change.
For multiple-owned Maori land that is inhabited,
or farmed, full rates are applied.
WDC takes a very active role in collecting over-
due rates, and has made significant inroads into
reducing overdue amounts, as we all know if some
people refuse to pay, the bill doesn’t go away and
the burden is paid by the rest of us.
We have a number of ratepayers on payment
plans as we recognise genuine hardship situations,
and we want to help.
Please contact us if you are in this situation, as it is far bet-
ter to talk to us about it and we are ready and willing to help.
In some circumstances we are more forthright in our collec-
tion of overdue rates, which I’m sure the majority of ratepayers
It was devastating news for our Otorohanga and Waitomo
districts to hear of the tragic death of a young woman found on
SH3 (Main North Rd) early on Sunday morning in Otorohanga.
This is the worst possible news any parents can receive, and
the thoughts of both our close-knit districts are with the family
and friends of Ocean Heke at this time.
EDITOR’S NOTE: In regard to the comments made under
rates remission in this column. In the headline the word ‘likely’
was used, along with the word ‘may’ in the first sentence of the
story. These words were used to highlight the difficulty many
councils – including the Waitomo District Council face – in en-
deavouring to collect rates from multiple-owned, unproductive
Maori land. The term ‘write-off’ is a financial term commonly
used to refer to any unpaid debts that are eventually taken off a
balance sheet – an option councils can choose for rates that are
uncollectable or remain unpaid for years.
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By Waitomo Mayor
In My View
Great weekend for events
ANZAC reader giveaway
TO mark ANZAC Day – April 25 – and
the World War I (1914-18) centenary
which runs until 2018, the Waitomo News
has three copies of children’s book Caesar
The ANZAC Dog by Patricia Stroud to
The book is the true story of Caesar
the bulldog – the official mascot of the
4th Battalion (A Company) New Zealand
Rifle Brigade who served in World War I
(1914-1918) and died in action.
A trained Red Cross dog, Caesar helped
save the lives of wounded soldiers on the
His official collar, which he wore when
he led the grand parade down Auckland’s
Queen St when the brigade left NZ for
Egypt and the Western Front, is displayed
at the Auckland War Memorial Museum.
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