26 February 2019​​​​​​​

VOL. 1

We are advancing our goal of reducing debt
Council’s Audit and Risk Committee (ARC) met on March 12 and one of the items discussed was the half year financials at 31 December 2018.  The ARC was very pleased to note that public debt sits at $41.7 million as of 31 December 2018.   This is almost $6 million lessthan the level forecast in our Long Term Plan 2018-28 at year-end 30 June 2019 (forecast of $47.6 million).   This is the result of prudent spending and good treasury management practices.  We are aware that debt reduction is a priority for our ratepayers. This is going to take consistent effort to achieve our target of reducing debt by $24 million at the end of 10 years and a positive trend can be observed in the following graph:
It is crucial that we draw a balance between maintenance and upgrades and debt reduction.   Maintaining our assets in good condition is important so they continue to benefit current and future generations and enable the provision of good quality services.  And we do this with our eye on overall debt. As outlined in our Annual Report 2017/18, we have invested in important community assets like the Les Munro Centre, Piopio Hall, Aquatic Centre and the Waitomo District Landfill. We are now moving ahead with our long term projects to ensure Waitomo is a place that is safe, welcoming, encourages business development and supports well-connected communities. We look forward to sharing more information with you soon on our plans for the coming year. ​​​​​​​If you would like to speak with your Elected Members about any of the above information, or other Council matters, you can view their contact details on our website here.
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Road Resealing and Maintenance update
Our road resealing programme continues for urban sites across the district.  We expect to complete this work at the end of March.  We are actively monitoring and responding to bitumen bleeding (tar melting) issues. Please report all roading issues to WDC on 0800 932 4357. Information and regular updates may be viewed on our website here.
Water Restrictions and Conservation
We are experiencing a period of hot, dry weather and our water supplies are under pressure to keep up with the demand.  We ask residents to conserve water now to ensure that there is enough water for everyone.

Mokau water supplyremains on Water Restriction Level 4. The water level in the two upper dams is low.  We are currently drawing water from the lower dam for the water treatment plant. We ask visitors and the community to use water for essential purposes only.  There is a complete ban on outdoor water use.  

Te Kuiti water supply is now on Water Restriction Level 2.  Use sprinklers on alternate days between 6-8am and 6-8pm (i.e. even street numbers on even days).  Handheld hosing is allowed at any time. 

Piopio and Benneydalewater suppliesremain on Level 1 Conservation. Water consumption is consistent with this time last year, and there are no issues observed for these supplies.

Tips to save water:
  • Run full loads in the dishwasher and washing machine.
  • Keep a bucket in the shower and use the water you catch for watering plants, flushing the toilet or cleaning.
  • Turn off the tap when cleaning your teeth or shaving.
  • Fix leaky taps and report water leaks to Council straight away.
  • Rinse or peel vegetables in a bowl filled with water. 
  • Water the garden in the early morning or late evening and use a good quality mulch to reduce evaporation loss.  
  • Fit a tap timer when using a sprinkler.
  • Water the roots of your plants, not the leaves.
  • Use a trigger hose. This allows you to be in control of how much you spray and water is not wasted when moving around.
Proposal for Temporary Closure of Road/Street to Ordinary Vehicular Traffic
PURSUANT to the Transport (Vehicular Traffic Road Closure) Regulations 1965, notice is hereby given that the Waitomo District Council, for the purpose of the TE KUITI ANZAC PARADE 2019 proposes to close the following roads/streets to ordinary vehicular traffic for the periods indicated:

Date: 25 April 2019
Period of Closure: 6:00am to 10:30am
Streets/Roads: King Street East (from Taupiri Street to Jennings Street) 
Period of Closure: 6:00am to 7:30am
Streets/Roads: 32 Taupiri Street to 40 Taupiri Street

Alternative Routes: Rora Street, Sheridan Street, Esplanade, South End Loop.   Any person objecting to the proposal is called upon to lodge notice of objection and grounds thereof in writing, before 5.00pm on Thursday 28 March 2019 at the office of Waitomo District Council, Queen Street, Te Kuiti.