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Authorised by Barbara Kuriger MP,
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WELCOME to this month’s column.
Firstly a big thank you for the support you showed for
me personally during the recent election, and the many
congratulatory messages I have received since.
I take nothing for granted, it is always a privilege to serve
you as your mayor, and I thank you for giving me a strong
mandate to continue with the many exciting challenges and
opportunities we have in front of us.
Congratulations to new councillor Janene New, who was
elected to the Te Kuiti ward. Janene is well known and has
many connections in our district. She will be a great addi-
tion to our team.
We held our inaugural meeting last week and I spelt out
my expectations to fellow councillors for the next three
We have many exciting things on our radar in the im-
mediate future, and I have an expectation of all councillors
being fully involved, working closely in support of staff to make things
One of my main focuses will be about communication with you, our
community, about what is happening within council and our district, as I
don’t believe we do this as well as I would like.
One of the pleasures of leading a stable, committed council is that
decision-making is mainly by consensus, as we all are committed to the
same vision. This unfortunately, is not always the case in politics, so it was
great relief to the mayors of the Waikato region to see Alan Livingstone
elected as regional council chairman.
Alan has the ability and clear majority to bring an end to some of the
petty party politics that has plagued our regional council for many years,
and this will be great for the Waikato region as a whole.
I congratulate Alan and Stu Kneebone on their re-election (unopposed)
to represent Waipa-King Country once again. They do serve
us particularly well.
The morning of the election bought the news of the tragic
events at Kinohaku, and this has been a very painful time for
our intertwined communities of Otorohanga and Waitomo.
Words can’t explain how this happened, or the pain for all
affected, but I feel strongly that the review to come out of this
of the mental health sector, needs to offer up some explanation
for our communities.
It has been a tough month for our west coast communi-
ties, with another fatality with the death of 15-year-old Jossie
Wetini as a result of a quad bike accident. Our thoughts are
with all affected by these tragic events.
Congratulations to Mark Bentham, formerly of Piopio, for his investiture
at Government House earlier this month.
Mark was awarded a Queen’s Service Medal for his services to the NZ
Fire Service in the Queen’s Birthday Honours.
As all residents of our wider community will know, Mark made a lifelong
contribution to the Piopio district, both in his capacity as former owner of
Progress Transport, and to the Piopio Volunteer Fire Brigade.
Congratulations Mark on your fantastic community service over many
years, an honour well deserved.
It was great to host another Lochore Cup final on a beautifully sunny
day in Te Kuiti on Saturday.
To Paul Mitchell and all involved a big thank you for the fantastic spec-
tacle, the grounds looked absolutely magnificent. While the result was not
as we had hoped, congratulations to the Rams for making the final again.
IN MY VIEW
By Brian Hanna
Thank you for your mandate
ON Thursday, the ‘Legendary Te Kuiti’
committee is holding a twilight Com-
munity Clean-up, as part of Keep New
Zealand Beautiful’s campaign which has
seen hundreds of volunteers clean-up
their towns, beaches and public spaces
in the past two months. Organiser
Michelle Freebairn says wet weather
hampered previous efforts to hold the
clean-up. “Thursday is our third and
final attempt to hold the clean-up so we
are hoping for fine weather and would
love to see lots of people coming along
to spend an hour or two cleaning up the
streets. Previous clean-ups have been
well supported and made a real differ-
ence to how the town looks. Litter is a
continual problem, so this is one way we
can all build pride in our town.” Meet at
the railway buildings at 5.15pm. Gloves
and rubbish bags provided.
I WRITE In response to the letter headed
‘Mandate hui’ in Tuesday, October 25’s edition
of the Waitomo News.
I was present at the hui [October 19, Te Kuiti
Pa] advertised by the Maniapoto Maori Trust
Early into the hui there were comments on
how the hui should proceed.
The opportunity to ask questions won out.
However, instead of questions, the hui was sub-
jected to a lengthy korero of a different version
of Maniapoto history to that handed down to
the many generations, and also acknowledged
by a collective of tuturu kaumatua in the 1904
Rereahu, without the prefix ‘Ngati’ is a stan-
dalone rangatira who passed on his mantle of
mana and leadership to his chosen Maniapoto.
An expert in tikanga and history, Rereahu is
described as being a humble man. Likewise it is
incumbent on us to respect the knowledge and
recordings of our kaumatua of yesteryear.
For three years, this matter have been in
front of the Maniapoto Maori Trust Board.
My question now is: “Is Maniapoto going to
endure another period of waiting, while the lat-
est historical version referred to at hui, is either
confirmed or denied?”
While it is imperative that we work together
to action our legitimate claims, it is vital that
we all follow the path that our ancestors have
established, embracing our historical past.
Josephine Anderson & others
THUMBS UP to the volunteers and
members of the public for their support,
time and goods at the Te Kuiti Op Shop
during Blind Week, We really appreciated
your support to this worthy cause.
Otorohanga & Te Kuiti Visually
Impaired Support Group
THUMBS UP – I was at Z Service
Station Te Kumi at 1.30pm on Labour Day.
The forecourt was overflowing, as was the
queue in the shop. The till froze.
Thumbs up to the two lady staff members.
They dealt with the emergency and
pressure with calm, and aplomb. Free
coffees were handed to the patient and
understanding customers. There were
significant delays; no one was phased; the
Z staff were outstanding.
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