4-june-2019
4 June 2019
Council adopts Exceptions Annual Plan 2019/20
Waitomo District Council’s Exceptions Annual Plan 2019/20 (EAP) and rates resolution was adopted on 28 May 2019 and will become operative from 1 July 2019.

As there are no major changes to the programme and levels of service set out in the Long Term Plan 2018-2028 (LTP), Council agreed to not carry out a special consultative process. 

Over the coming year, Council intends to progress with the following key initiatives:
  • Continuation of the District Plan review
  • Support for a range of district promotion and marketing initiatives
  • Continue to develop and implement the Vibrant, Safe Waitomo initiative
  • New pedestrian footbridge for Te Kuiti
  • Health and safety improvement works and new runway for Te Kuiti Aerodrome
  • New public toilets at Mokau
  • Investigation of new public toilets at Waitomo Village
  • Development of coastal reserves
  • Improvements to Mokau water treatment plant filtration system
  • Completion of a new pipeline to Piopio reservoir
  • Obtain resource consent for and start capacity extension of Waitomo District landfill.
The rates revenue requirement in the EAP is $20.54 million. This is an overall average 2.4% rates requirement increase over the current year, but is less than the 3.08% increase ($20.67m total rates) forecast in the LTP.   Public debt at the end of the 2019/20 year is forecast to be $3.9 million less than the forecast contained in the LTP. 

To view 2019/20 rates for your property, visit www.waitomo.govt.nz/rates The EAP document will be made available on our website on 11 June 2019.

This notice is pursuant to Section 95(7) of the Local Government Act 2002.

Chris Ryan
Chief Executive

Resident Survey 2019
Waitomo District Council (WDC) with help of Versus Research Ltd is carrying out the annual Residents Survey for 2019.

WDC is committed to delivering a high level of service to the community. Our survey will measure and monitor community satisfaction with Council performance and the services and facilities provided including roads, footpaths, water, refuse, recycling and sewerage. 

The survey provides an annual measure of resident and ratepayer satisfaction with the Council, in relation to key performance measures set by the Long Term Plan 2018-28, that can be utilised to inform and enhance Council performance long term.

Waitomo District residents are invited to participate online at www.versus.co.nz/survey

If you would prefer to complete a paper survey, you can collect one from the WDC Office Queen St, Waitomo District Library on Taupiri St, or the Visitor Information Centre on Rora St.  To request a paper survey please contact the Waitomo District Council Customer Services team on (07) 878 0800 or email info@waitomo.govt.nz

Provide feedback by 5 pm, Friday 14 June and go into the draw to WIN A $250 NEW WORLD VOUCHER.
Fees and Charges 
Waitomo District Council consulted on the 2019/20 Statement of Proposal Draft Fees and Charges during the period 4 April to 6 May 2019.

No submissions were made on the proposed changes to Fees and Charges for 2019/20.

Fees and charges are a legitimate source for funding activities (or parts of activities) and the rationale for their use in funding certain activities are set out in detail in the Council’s Revenue and Financial Policy.

The Fees and Charges 2019/20 take effect from 1 July 2019.

​​​​​​​Chris Ryan
Chief Executive

Updated cemetery records for Mokau now available
Our online cemetery tool and maps is proving to be a popular service with an average of 800 queries recorded per month since it went live.

Over the past month we have manually processed around 200 headstone images for plots in the Mokau cemetery.   This means that when you use our online cemetery search tool or Online Maps, nearly every interment at Mokau will have an image of the headstone.  
Most of Te Kuiti New Cemetery also has headstone images and we are planning to do the other cemeteries in the future. 

To access this tool visit www.waitomo.govt.nz/onlineservices
Dog Registration Fees for 2019/20
The following dog registration fees have been adopted by Council:
Registration Fee where paid by or on 31 July 2019 (incl GST):
Urban owner (as per definition)
Urban spayed/neutered dogs
Selected owner
Rural owner  
Dangerous dog
$115.00
$90.00
$70.00
$45.00
150% of applicable fee
50% penalty fee applies from 1 August 2019.
Pound, Seizure and Miscellaneous Fees:
Seizure
Impound – First (registered)
Impound – First (unregistered)
Second
Third or subsequent
Sustenance (per day)
Replacement tags 
Microchipping fee
Application for permit to keep more than two dogs (urban) 
Surrender fee
 $65.00
 $70.00
 $100.00
 $138.00
 $200.00
 $15.00 
 $5.00
 $25.00
$30.00
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 $40.00
NOTE:  Fees apply to dogs aged three months and over and are for the year 1 July 2019 to 30 June 2020 registration.  Any fees incurred in the seizure, custody, sustenance and transport of a dog are required to be paid before its release from impoundment.  Rehoming of unwanted/unclaimed dogs (unregistered) will be the applicable registration fee and microchipping fee.  This notice is given under Sections 37 and 68 of the Dog Control Act 1996. Dated at Te Kuiti this 4thday of June 2019.

Chris Ryan
Chief Executive

Improvements planned for Mokau public toilets
We will soon start work to improve the quality of the public toilets in Mokau, to ensure residents and visitors to the District have access to safe, clean and attractive facilities.  
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The facility will be painted inside and out and refurbished with new flooring, toilet bowls and seats.  The sewage catchment chamber and filtration tank will be upgraded. Funding for this work was provided for in our Long Term Plan 2018-2028 (LTP).  Temporary toilets will be available while we complete this project.
Ministry of Health advice – plumbosolvency
Sometimes small traces of metal can accumulate in plumbing fittings. Although the health risk is small, the Ministry of Health recommends that you flush a mugful of water from your tap to remove any metals that may have dissolved from your plumbing. ​​​​​​​This simple tip is for households on public and private water supplies.
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