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“Nova is focused on providing great value
energy to Kiwi families and businesses and the
proposed new power plant at Tihiroa will support
our efforts to deliver a high-quality service to our
customers,” says Mr Bahirathan.
Nova had planned to submit the consents in
March but has delayed them for further technical
studies and consultation.
Mr Bahirathan says the consents will be lodged
when Nova has completed its technical work and
Nova Energy is a nationwide New Zealand-
owned company offering natural gas, electricity
and LPG products and services.
Its customer-base includes more than 110,000
homes and businesses.
Nova is part of the New Zealand-owned Todd
Corporation, which has been one of the country’s
leading energy explorers and producers for about
If the Tihiroa plant is built to generate at full
capacity, it will be Nova’s biggest power station.
THE number of elderly people being abused
and neglected is rising with cases reported in the
North King Country.
And the agencies dealing with complaints are
Hamilton-based Age Concern elder abuse
co-ordinator Kelly Butler says her office normally
deals with about 80 cases a year, but to date has
“While I cannot talk specifically about indi-
vidual cases, we have a couple of scenarios our
agency is dealing with in Hamilton where it
concerns people who are on the cusp of suffer-
ing from Alzheimer’s disease, and, hundreds of
thousands of dollars missing from bank accounts.
“Unfortunately, we are dealing with similar
reported cases in Te Kuiti.”
Mrs Butler says elder abuse or neglect is a sin-
gle or repeated act, or lack of appropriate action,
occurring within any relationship where there
is an expectation of trust, which causes harm or
distress to an older person.
TE KUITI MEETING
A joint awareness presentation between Age
Concern and Alzheimer’s Waikato is being held
in Te Kuiti next week to highlight the dangers
of how people who suffer from dementia are
especially vulnerable to abuse.
“ The presentation aims to empower the com-
munity to take action and reduce the risks for the
elderly,” says Mrs Butler.
She says elder abuse is not just financial and
the term covers a multitude of scenarios includ-
ing psychological, physical, sexual and institu-
Age Concern is also dealing with an increasing
number of older people who have become the
victims of scams.
“Predators are deliberately targeting lonely
older people who have assets, forming friend-
ships with them through the internet or in
person, then requesting money for various hy-
pothetical emergencies,” says Mrs Butler.
Almost half of abused older people are over the
age of 80, with one third living alone.
“ Three quarters of alleged abusers are family
members; and we know this often continues
even when the older person moves to residential
care,” she says.
Almost half of alleged abusers are adult chil-
dren, and abusers are as likely to be female, as
Next week’s awareness presentation is on
Wednesday, May 18 at the St Andrew’s Presby-
terian Church hall in Rora St at 9am.
Elder abuse on
the rise in region
IDENTIFYING ABUSE: A presentation outlining what elder abuse is and how to stop it, will
be held at St Andrew’s Church hall, Te Kuiti on Wednesday May 18.
THE Waitomo District Council has released
the key initiatives it will focus on during the next
year and wants community feedback.
As outlined in its Exceptions Annual Plan
(EAP) 2016/2017, several projects have been
earmarked either for completion or ongoing
They are a concept development plan for
marketing the Timber Trail; sealing Maraeroa
Rd, Pureora; continuing refurbishment of the
Les Munro Centre; starting the final stage of the
Railway Station restoration project; reviewing
the District Plan; improving location maps and
signage at Te Kuiti Cemetery.
Waitomo mayor Brian Hanna says economic
development is a key focus for the council with
marketing the Timber Trail a high priority.
“Given the tourism numbers there we thought
it was critical to seal Maraeroa Rd [the access road
to the trail] because the amount of traffic volume
on it now is huge,” he says.
“We also want to increase the level of market-
ing for the Timber Trail because we as a council
feel it is a key project for the district moving
forward and it is important that we get it right.
“We welcome any feedback.”
Also included in the EAP is a summary of the
council’s financial position and rates forecast.
The EAP forecasts an average rate increase of
2.86% for all properties in the district, against
the original Long Term Plan 2015-2025 (LTP)
forecast of 3.99% for the 2016/17 financial year.
Planned operating expenditure for the 2016/17
financial year is lower than forecast in the LTP
and operating revenue is 8.2% higher resulting
in a net operating expenditure of $16.1 million
(5.5% less than forecast).
Capital expenditure is $2.3 million higher
than forecast which is attributed to the Te Kuiti
Water Treatment Plant upgrade project, sealing
of Maraeroa Rd and work being carried out at
the district’s quarries to meet new Health and
Despite the increase in capital expenditure,
debt is forecast to be $52 million at June 30, 2017
compared to $55 million in the LTP.
“One of the highlights from my perspective is
that although we are doing a lot of upgrade work
we are still reducing our debt,” says Mr Hanna.
“ The nett debt at our last meeting was about
$43 million, down from $46 million the year
before, and the Long Term Plan indicates we
are still on target to reduce our debt by a further
$20 million across the next 10 years and that is
a very good result.
“I put it down to our financial managers’ very
strict credit controls and damn good leadership
from our senior management team and the way
they are delivering projects.”
To discuss any information contained in the
EAP, the mayor and councillors will be at the Te
Kuiti Railway Station Building No 3 (brick build-
ing), from 9am-midday on Wednesday, May 18.
For more information on the Exceptions An-
nual Plan 2016/2017 visit the council’s website
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