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WELCOME to this month’s column.
Nice to see the sun again this past weekend, even if it was
accompanied by a couple of cracking frosts!
It is exciting to see so many building projects on the go in
our district, and like many of you I am looking forward to
The Te Kumi site of the Gull service station has at least one
other business planned to join this site, and we are fielding
several other enquiries from potential developments.
It is great to see strong investment interest and confidence
in our local economy, and we are here to help these invest-
For the first time for a few years I attended the Bailey Ingham Farmers’
Party last week at the Otorohanga Club.
This is a great initiative as farmers and business people from both dis-
tricts enjoy an evening of catching up, and some much needed camaraderie
before calving starts.
Congratulations to Bailey Ingham, and the many other sponsors for
putting on such a generous and well attended event.
SOCIAL SECTOR TRIAL
We received notice at the beginning of June that the Social Sector Trial,
which began in 2011 was to officially end on July 1, after two periods of ex-
tension. For 10 of the 18 sites, this finish date is permanent.
For the other eight, including Waitomo, we have been
given until the end of the year to develop the trials into
a permanent, locally-led targeted programme of works.
Throughout the country the Waitomo trial is hailed
as the exemplary model of targeting actions that produce
great results in our community and the statistics speak for
The key to this success has been the local advisory group,
and of course, the incredible work of Hilary Karaitiana
and her team.
Hilary is so connected with young people throughout
our community, and her passion is unequalled anywhere.
The youth centre hub – Number Twelve – delivers so many
benefits to our youth, from driver training to employment
options. It is a great asset to this community.
The local advisory group is unanimous that this work must continue,
but it will have its challenges as funding for much of what we do will finish
at the end of the year.
We will be lobbying the five agencies that have supported the trials –
police, justice, education, health and the Ministry of Social Development
to look closely at their budgets to continue to fund the many action
plans we have in place that have delivered huge benefits to our community.
I have had several conversations with the Minister of Social Develop-
ment Anne Tolley, and, local MP Barbara Kuriger, has lobbied hard on
our behalf with good results. Mrs Tolley is hoping to visit us in August to
see first-hand how we operate.
IN MY VIEW
By Brian Hanna
Sector trials to end
NOW that Britons have voted to pull out of
the European Union, perhaps the disastrous
idolatry of multiculturalism will become more
It was not atheist philosophy, nor Commu-
nism, nor Nazism, nor Mohammedanism, nor
Buddhism, nor Hinduism et al which brought
about the abolition of slavery and the Universal
Declaration of Human Rights; it was the Chris-
tian teaching of the fatherhood of God and the
brotherhood of Man.
And it is that same teaching which demands
the protection of in-utero children.
That is why the feminists who control most of
the western world are trying so hard to margin-
alise, even outlaw Christian practice.
WAIPA Networks chief executive Ray Milner
retired on Friday after more than 20 years with
the company, 17 of them as chief executive.
“Mr Milner has made significant contributions
to the company including building our new of-
fices and depot; overseeing our investment in
Ultrafast Fibre and building the new 110kV sup-
ply line for Te Awamutu,” says board chairman
“Under Mr Milner’s management our custom-
ers have enjoyed some of the lowest network
charges in New Zealand, good discounts, and
highly reliable service levels.”
Adam Fletcher, currently chief asset officer
with The Lines Company in Te Kuiti, has been
appointed Waipa Network’s new chief executive.
Mr Fletcher has a New Zealand Certificate of
Engineering and a Master’s degree in Business
Administration and has worked in the electricity
industry for more than 20 years as an engineer,
manager and consultant.
He takes up his new role on August 1.
TLC manager is new
Waipa Networks CEO
Former Waipa Networks chief executive Ray
Milner retired from the position on Friday
after more than 20 years with the company.
Annual plan adopted
THE Waitomo District Council has of-
ficially adopted its 2016/2017 Excep-
tions Annual Plan (EAP). Unanimously
carried at a meeting last Tuesday, the
EAP contains a list of key initiatives the
council will focus on during the next 12
months as well as a summary of its cur-
rent financial position and rates forecast.
Before adopting the plan, details of the
EAP were released in May (Waitomo
News, May 12) and the council hosted
a public meeting on May 18 to gather
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