Waitomo News : 16 January 2014
Waitomo NeWs Thursday, January 16, 2014 7 Vibrant and thriving www.waitomo.govt.nz/enquiries Keep Waitomo vibrant and thriving The illegal dumping of rubbish (also known as fly-tipping) has unfortunately become an issue in the Waitomo District. Fly-tipping is the illegal, deliberate dumping of waste on public or private property. It includes everything from black bin bags to large quantities of domestic waste. Fly-tipped waste is often found in areas such as lay-bys, river banks, on private land and rural roads; often hidden out of sight. The ‘hot-spots’ in the Waitomo district are Oparure Road and Troopers Road. Dumped waste can confirm the identity of the offender, but in some cases the offenders have vacated the district, making the value in a prosecution problematic. Various issues arise from fly-tipping. WDC must allocate valuable ratepayer funding to clean up dumped rubbish when this could be used to fund other areas of work that would better serve to improve our lovely towns and surrounding areas. Fly-tipping is detrimental to our district because: • it’s hazardous to people and wildlife and damages the environment; • it spoils the enjoyment of our towns, villages and countryside; • it undermines WDC’s waste management efforts such as providing rural waste transfer stations and a kerbside collection service aimed at controlling the disposal of waste. Illegal dumping of rubbish is an offence under Section 15 of the Litter Act 1979. In order for WDC to assist enforcement action, we are asking the public to report vehicle registrations or other identifying details of people who are suspected of illegally dumping rubbish. If you see someone fly-tipping... Make a note of the vehicle type, colour and registration plate number and a description of the person fly-tipping. You can then report the incident to WDC on free phone 0800 932 4357 and please provide details about the exact location. Your personal details will remain confidential. PIC: FLY-TIPPED WASTE, OPARURE ROAD TE KUITI Kubota GR1600R High quality, rugged construction, simple to use catcher mower Water cooled diesel engine Hydrostatic transmission 42” mowing deck Rear discharge RIDE-ON LAWNMOWERS Was $12,900 Now $11,900 +GST OTOROHANGA Progress Drive 07 873 4004 SALES TEAM Frank Berkers 027 2089 002 Graham Anderson 027 4979 849 WEBSITE www.gaz.co.nz FIND US ON FACEBOOK www.facebook.com/GiltrapAgriZone FROM P1 “Firstly, I would like to point to the response of the Ministry of Education (MOE) in denying knowledge of the Tapara case in 2004. “The MOE did have connections with the Tapara case that came to light in 2004, because they paid the 2004 board of trustees $2500 to assist with paying for the investigation conducted by a sub- committee and an independent investigator. “I am totally aghast and find it absolute non- sense that the MOE claim they did not know about the Tapara case.” BORNE THE BRUNT Mr Te Rire says the current BOT has borne the brunt of false accusations in the media regarding its handling of the 2004 case involving Tapara, and he wants to “put the record straight”. “This board of trustees has acted responsibly by approaching NZSTA for legal advice concerning its appointment process and subsequent policies. “We have also approached MOE for guidance and support in dealing with the Tapara matter. “However, the main focus has been on ensur- ing the safety and protection of its staff and students. “We have done that from the outset and will continue to provide counselling and mentoring support.” “BASELESS ALLEGATIONS” Mr Te Rire is also “livid” with claims that the school had supported Tapara’s move to another kura by writing him a glowing reference in 2008. “I am abhorred with the many baseless accu- sations that have muddied the reputation of Te Wharekura o Maniapoto, in particular the iwi, BOT chairman answers critics HONE TE RIRE parents, staff and students of the kura. “We will not allow others including the media to further muddy the exemplary reputations and futures of our tamariki.” Western Waikato Police are currently investigat- ing whether there was any criminal offending by Tapara during his time as a teacher at Te Kura Kaupapa Maori o Oparure. WAITOMO’S Ruakuri Walk is one of five Depart- ment of Conservation-managed sites to receive a prestigious, international Green Flag Award. Minister of Conservation Dr Nick Smith an- nounced the awards on January 7. Dr Smith says the annual awards are symbols of excellence in the tourism industry, recognising sites that are “premium destinations and well worth a visit by both New Zealanders and inter- national visitors.” “These latest [five] recipients confirm what many of us already know – that our country is home to some of the best parks and green spaces in the world.” The Ruakuri Walk is located close to Waitomo Village and encompasses a 45-minute experience on a loop track through forest, naturally sculpted cliffs and low limestone arches while following the Ruakuri Stream. It includes a viewing platform at the Ruakuri Natural Bridge where glowworms can be seen at night. RECOGNITION & REWARD Dr Smith says the Green Flag Awards were established in the United Kingdom in 1996 to recognise and reward parks and green spaces that meet a set of criteria including sustainability, conservation and heritage, community involvement and marketing. Apart from Waitomo, other New Zealand sites recognised this year are the Lake Matheson Walk (near Fox Glacier); Ship Creek (Haast), Ruapeka- peka Pa in Northland and the Waiorongomai Val- ley, near Te Aroha. Green Flag status lasts for one year and each site is assessed annually to determine whether it retains its flag. The Timber Trail from Pureora to Ongarue through the heart of the King Country has had its Green Flag status from last year reconfirmed. Green flag award for Waitomo walk For our Auckland Anniversary and Waitangi Day advertising deadlines please see P2 ews yOUR NEWS, yOUR vIEWS WAITOMO !
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