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Three Waters Update - 09 March 2022

The latest 3 waters updates.

On the 9th of March 2022 the Working party released a report which suggests some changes to the Government’s proposal Bill to amalgamate the 3 waters (Drinking Water, Stormwater and Sewerage) into 4 regional bodies.  You can read the working party review on the DIA website site

Letter to the leaders - 30th October 2021

Dear Emily, Kelvin, Willow-Jean, Shane, Sheryl, Jason, John, Penny


During these times of lockdown, the Northland Businesses and people are feeling rather isolated and frustrated, and you as our elected leaders I expect to be working together so that Northland will be better positioned for the future.  As you are all aware that Northland does have the highest growth in New Zealand, and during this latest lockdown Northlanders are feeling it tough.


Here is a list of items that need your consideration:


Debt or Not to Debt?

This is an age-old question that every Council, and homeowner goes through every year, either when they are looking at their mortgage payments or looking at new investments or even considering a long-term plan.

Roads, are they for Pedestrians or Vehicles?

Roads, are they for Pedestrians or Vehicles?

Not many years back, you could say that roads were generally created for vehicles, and further back you could say for horses.  Todays urban designers are going right back to the basics and saying roads are there to get you from one place to another, and it doesn’t matter what mode you use, horse, foot or wheels!  The question is, can all these co-exist in the same spaces?

So, let us look at good Urban design.

6 March 2020 - Is it the time for Rates Increases?

On the 30th of March all the Okara Ward Councillors, for the Whangarei District Council, agreed that something had to be done to support the community that they represent.  So, they presented to the Mayor and CE 4 points to help with the recovery after the COVID 19 virus.

The four points covered the most essential taxing aspects of Council, and they were:

1/ For the 20/21 rating year, a 0% increase on rates