5 November 2019
Rates Reminder
This is a friendly reminder that the second instalment of your 2019/2020 rates is due by 5pm, Friday 29 November 2019.  Rates invoices were posted out in October.  Payments received after 5pm, November 29 will attract a 10% penalty.

Rates payments can be made at the Waitomo District Council office, Queen Street Te Kuiti, over the phone by credit card or by Internet Banking using your valuation number as your reference.
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Please contact our friendly Customer Services Team on 0800 932 4357 for further assistance.
Notice of Agrichemical Application
We manage and maintain large areas of streetscape, park and reserve land, and as part of this work we use agrichemicals to control pest plant species, insects and fungus.
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Weather permitting, we will be treating areas in various parks, reserves, and cemeteries located in both the urban and rural environments of the Waitomo District.  All work will be carried out by our qualified applicators to ensure the safety of our staff and the public.

We will continue to explore opportunities to use control methods that don’t rely on agrichemicals.

For more information please phone WDC on 0800 932 4357.
Discretionary Grant Funding
The focus of the Discretionary Grants Fund is in providing community assistance for the ‘not for profit’ sector in order to create a strong social base and meet local needs.

Community clubs, groups and organisations operating within the Waitomo District on a not-for-profit basis may be eligible to apply.

Please read WDC’s Community Development Fund Policy to check your eligibility or call our Customer Services Team on 07-878-0800. Application forms and policy details are available on our website www.waitomo.govt.nz.

There is a fund pool of $5,000 available for distribution.

Applications for the December Discretionary Grant funding round must be received by 5pm, 1st December 2019 or the next working day.
Waitomo District Christmas Parade
Friday 13th December 2019, 6pm
Float registrations close Friday 6th December
Registration forms and rules of entry are available on our website or from the WDC Office.
Compleat It Campaign by Love Food Hate Waste 
Did you know one of the biggest environmental challenges we face is food waste?   If it were a country, food waste would be third largest emitter of greenhouse gases in the world. 

The Compleat It campaign from Love Food Hate Waste is aiming to change all that by helping New Zealanders take action and compleat their food. Compleating is more than just how we cook – it’s a whole food philosophy that can save people money while looking after the planet.

Love Food Hate Waste has been investigating how well people in New Zealand compleat their food, and it turns out that some valuable food staples – like potatoes, bread, and apples – are wasted simply because of personal preference. 

Among the most wasted foods are crusts and end slices of bread. Of the 15,174 tonnes of bread we throw away in New Zealand every year, just under 20% is crusts and ends. We throw away the equivalent of 6 loaves of bread per person every single year!  And yet there are hundreds of simple ways to use them up from cinnamon bread sticks to breadcrumbs or simply making a mini bread pudding in the microwave.

Broccoli stalks are perfectly edible, delicious and nutritious, but these are commonly wasted.  Of the people Love Food Hate Waste surveyed, 37% never eat their broccoli stalks and so we throw out 282 tonnes of them each year.   

Peel not appealing? 10% of us always peel our vegetables before cooking leading to 3,511 tonnes of going to landfill each year yet carrots, beetroots, kumara and other root veggies are perfectly edible without peeling. All they need is a quick wash before preparing – saving time as well as reducing waste.

As for the humble spud, compleating our potato skins is the perfect way to stay healthy, save money, and love the planet all at the same time. Many Kiwis don’t eat their skins; currently we’re throwing away 7,039 tonnes of potato peelings every year. But most of the fibre goodness is in the skin, so enjoying skin-on mash ensures that we get all the nutrients without wasting a single bit.  

The Compleat campaign is filled with tips, tricks and tempting recipes to help Kiwis make the most of every bit of food, with a special food focus each week to encourage total use of the main offenders – meaning fuller purses and pukus, and less waste at the kerbside. 

Says Council representative, Parva Zareie, ‘This is a vital campaign that we’re proud to support.   It’s good for the local economy and environment and the wellbeing of all our residents.  We’ll certainly be using the Compleating ideas to influence our personal food choices and encourage people across the Waitomo district to make the most of the Compleating resources.’ 

To find or share more tips for compleating your food, visit Lovefoodhatewaste.co.nz and be sure to spread the word about the five week ‘Compleat’ campaign.