This month’s newsletter features information on our consultation for the Long Term Plan 2018-28, proposed Solid Waste (Asset) Management and Minimisation Plan, information for dog owners, and an update on the District Plan review open days. A reminder to keep an eye on our website www.waitomo.govt.nz and facebook page for Council news and updates. Kelly Marriott etc
Consultation for the 2018-28 Long Term Plan. The Long Term Plan (LTP) outlines our priorities for the next ten years. The LTP also explains how work will be scheduled and what it will cost to meet our priorities over the ten years. Our Consultation Document (CD) will present the proposals and its financial impact. Supporting Information, like the Infrastructure Strategy, will be available on our website, and in hardcopy format from our Queen Street Office. How can you find out more? The CD will be published as an insert in the Waitomo News. Additional copies of the CD will be available from our Queen Street office, the Waitomo District Library and the following locations (from 5th April):
  • The Old Piopio Post Office Gallery, 45 Moa Street, Piopio.
  • Mokau Museum and Gallery, 33 North Street, Mokau.
  • Cafe Kai and Bar. 15 Waitomo Village Road, Waitomo.
  • Benneydale Foodmarket Ltd, 34 Ellis Road, Benneydale.
  • Marokopa Camping Ground, 1 Rauparaha Street, Marokopa.
  • You can also read the CD and Supporting Information online.
How can you shape our District? We encourage residents and ratepayers to participate in the consultation for the 2018-28 LTP, to tell us your thoughts about the priorities for our District and what it will imply financially. There are many ways you can provide feedback. Inside the CD is a submission form for you to complete and return via by post, hand delivery or email. You can complete an online submission on our website. Perhaps you would prefer to provide your feedback in person? Your local Councillors have meetings planned during April, should you wish to speak with them. Our timetable for the 2018-28 Long Term Plan:
September 2017 – March 2018 Council has agreen on its priorities for the next 10 years. We now begin putting all of the information together for you to read and consider.
27 March 2018 Council meeting to finalise the Consultation Document for the 2018-28 Long Term Plan. This includes all the significant proposals – with the options and implications.
5 April 2018 Feedback opens on the 2018-28 Consultation Document. Feedback can be posted, emailed or even given to us on the phone!
4 May 2018 Consultation ends
14- 15 May 2018 People who have given their feedback on the Consultation Document, are invited to speak with Councillors.
6 June 2018 Council discusses the feedback received and makes decisions on which option we should include in the Long Term Plan for each proposal.
26 June 2018 Council adopts the final 2018-28 Long Term Plan.
WDC recognises the vital role community groups and organisations play in our district. Grants are one way that the council contributes to a vibrant and thriving community sector, by supporting organisations to deliver a wide range of services, projects and events that benefit residents. Funding and grants opportunities coming-up include: We publish information on the availability of funding in the Waitomo News and on our website.
In April 2018 we will consult with the community on the proposed Solid Waste (Asset) Management and Minimisation Plan (SWaMMP). The consultation period for the plan will begin on Thursday 5th April 2018 and end at 5pm on Friday 4th May 2018. The proposed SWaMMP will guide the work we do to manage and minimise rubbish and recycling in the district. We must review the SWaMMP every six years. In doing so, we must consider reduction, reuse, recycling, recovery, treatment and disposal as it relates to the management and minimisation of waste, as well as reflect national and regional waste strategy and policy. The proposed SWaMMP addresses recycling and collection of waste, use of council waste facilities, use of litter bins, and waste management for events. We encourage you to tell us your views. A submission form and the proposal will be available from:
  • Waitomo District Council office in Queen Street Te Kuiti,
  • Waitomo District Library, 28 Taupiri Street, Te Kuiti
  • The Old Piopio Post Office Gallery, 45 Moa St, Piopio
  • Mokau Museum and Gallery, 33 North St, Mokau
  • Café Kai and Bar, 15 Waitomo Village Rd, Waitomo
  • Benneydale Foodmarket Ltd, 34 Ellis Road, Benneydale
  • Marokopa Camp Ground, 1 Rauparaha St, RD 8 Te Kuiti, Marokopa.
  • Councils website at www.waitomo.govt.nz
Submissions may be submitted to Council by post, hand delivery or email. Please contact Council on (07) 878 0800 or at consultation@waitomo.govt.nz with any queries.
WDC contractor Permaloo have completed the manufacturing of the new public toilet facility and it is now ready for installation on Moana Quay in Marokopa. Project funding of $255,500 is included in the Long Term Plan 2015-25. Work to develop a new soakage field and the associated pipework has been completed.
Foreshore protection to mitigate the effects of coastal erosion are costly to construct and have a finite lifespan. The introduction of man-made structures into this dynamic and volatile coastal environment require regular monitoring and eventual replacement. The Marokopa erosion protection structure was constructed by WDC to temporarily delay the effects of coastal erosion on the Marokopa Road carriageway. A private unconsented seawall was also erected adjacent to WDC’s consented structure. Over recent years the unconsented privately erected seawall has begun to fail which has attributed to undermining the foundation of the WDC structure and created a health and safety risk. Emergency works were required in December 2016 to mitigate the risk to public safety. Engineering advice was sought. The site was investigated to assess the options and provide a structural design plan to reduce the risk of any further failure to the WDC structure. Consultation with the Regional Council and local Iwi, which included obtaining an archaeological assessment, was also undertaken to help inform the process. Initially, the best outcome looked to be achieved by dismantling the private wall and adding rock armouring to extend the structure for an extra 20 metres north. However, estimated construction and professional services costs, the uncertainty of success and the high risk to both recorded and unrecorded archaeological sites meant that in November 2017 WDC decided not progress with the project any further. WDC intends to continue with regular monitoring and maintenance of the erosion protection structure at Marokopa as to the resource consent requirements for that structure.
The Marokopa Camping ground has a long and rich history of being a beachside holiday destination in the Waitomo District. For the past sixteen years, the Council owned camping ground has been managed by Hugh and Yvette Hall, under a lease agreement. At the end of 2017, the Halls gave notice to Council of their intention to terminate that lease agreement at the end of January 2018. As a result, the current lease arrangement will come to an end on 31 January 2018. From February 1, as an interim arrangement, WDC will to manage the day-to-day operation of the camping ground, on a business-as-usual basis, continuing the existing Levels of Service (LoS) as defined by Council’s current Long Term Plan 2015-25 and agreed with the District community following consultation as per the Local Government Act 2002. WDC’s General Manager Infrastructure Services – Kobus du Toit advises that the aim of this interim arrangement is to enable the existing service to continue with minimal disruption to customers while ensuring a smooth transition to a new lease arrangement, for the benefit of the public and the District community. Bookings at the camping ground can be made through the WDC’s Campsite Manager or the WDC Customer Services Team. WDC will, in the near future, undertake a Registrations of Interest (RoI) process to attract and identify a shortlist of interested Operators for the camping ground. “We aim to attract an Operator who is committed to delivering a quality camping ground experience that is affordable and enjoyable for another generation of kiwis and international visitors to our vibrant and thriving District,” says Mr du Toit.
The ideal time to train your dog is when it is a puppy. Dogs can become nuisance barkers if they are not trained at a young age. We receive service requests for nuisance barking. The following information is intended to guide owners to understand better the causes of nuisance barking and options to correct their dog’s behaviour. All dogs bark as part of their natural behaviour. It is their way of communicating a warning, fear, or as part of play. To ensure this does not escalate to nuisance barking we should:
  • Command the dog to stop barking as soon as we are aware of the threat.
  • Make the dog focus on you instead of the ‘stranger,’ ‘passer-by’ etc. Give a command and reward the dog, once the
  • barking stops and the dog once it is relaxed.
  • Stop play until the dog settles down.
Ignoring the barking until it annoys you, will teach the dog that short barking will not gain attention, but prolonged barking will. Training can involve teaching the dog to respond to a short command or signal to stop barking; this usually involves a noise to distract the dog; i.e. ‘quiet’ or ‘enough’. Once the barking ceases, acknowledge immediately (with a ‘Yes’, or ‘good dog’) and reward with a treat. If you are away from home, and it comes to your attention that your dog is creating a nuisance by barking constantly, either by a neighbour or the Animal Control Officer, this behaviour may be due to separation anxiety, identification of a threat, attention seeking or boredom. Providing a more stimulating environment will give a dog something to do other than barking. Regular exercise in the morning or evening will result in a calmer more content dog. A dog that has a regular routine of exercise will soon learn that they can expect positive interaction with you very soon. Toys such as Kongs that can be filled with treats will give your dog something to focus its attention on. Tips for at home: Rotate the toys your dog can play with at one time i.e. give a new toy and take an old one away. Minimise the sights your dog can see (such as passers-by outside the property) when you are away from home. Use shade cloth or brush stick fencing to block off any sight stimulus. Remember that owners must not permit or allow a dog to be housed, confined or restrained on any private premises within one metre of the boundary of the premises, unless prior approval has been obtained from WDC and the affected neighbour has consented to the location. Invest in appropriate, secure fencing that allows your dog to safely roam within your property boundary. Keeping in mind that you are required to ensure the dog is under direct control of a person at all times. Place treats in different places: around the lawn, in a sandpit if you have one, hanging on a rope’s end so your dog has to jump and work for it in a treat ball.
A huge thank you to the Te Kuiti and Mokau communities who turned out in high numbers to support our open days. We are delighted to have had such a high level of engagement, enthusiastic ideas, and support. Council believes that shaping our communities is an essential part of the District Plan. We asked both towns to consider some of our ideas for place making and place shaping; what our towns should look and feel like, what changes are needed to improve the wider environment, and what should be managed and protected for the future. In Mokau there was support for a more encompassing zoning approach and agreement that commercial activities should be encouraged. Residents also signalled that any new development must be managed appropriately and be compatible with the character of Mokau. In Te Kuiti, the community agreed that the town centre needed consolidation and strengthening and that the gateway entrances needed to be more vibrant and representative of the community. The Plans for both towns will now be amended to incorporate all of this feedback and then shared for your further comments. You can follow this process on our website. You can also continue to contribute your ideas by connecting with us at: Both communities used this as an opportunity to discuss wider issues that were not strictly related to the District Plan. These issues are being dealt with separately from the District Plan Review process. We would like to thank Jennifer and Elvis Lim for lending us their premises in Te Kuiti for the open days, New World Supermarket for generously donating the Christmas cakes, and the Mokau Memorial Hall Committee for their support.
COASTAL HAZARDS CONSULTATION The next round of public consultation concerns the management of coastal hazards. Our District has a long and diverse coastline. Our estuaries and sheltered harbour areas are home to important ecosystems and nationally rare coastal wetlands. Our coastline is a place of rich cultural history and centuries of occupation. Those areas exposed to the Tasman Sea experience the full force of intermittent storms and a continually changing seashore. Our coastal scientists Jim Dahm and Bronwen Gibberd have a great deal of experience with assessment and management of coastal hazards on the West Coast, and a long association with our coastal communities. Jim and Bronwen are starting their assessment by meeting with residents to try and gather as much information as possible about our changing coastline. The first open day was held at Mokau on Saturday 20th January. Two more open days were held on the 16th February for Kinohaku and Te Waitere, and on Saturday 17th February for Marokopa and Kiritehere. The second round of consultation meetings will be held later in the year. Meetings will also be scheduled with applicants under the Marine and Coastal Area Act, where these have been requested. The Waikato Regional Council is leading coastal restoration work at Te Maika and held its first community meeting there on 30th December 2017. Once this is underway, our Council will consider the wider hazards issues at Te Maika as needed. What is the District Plan? Read more about the District Plan Review here.
Emergencies can happen anywhere, any time, and without warning. Make sure you and the people you care about are ready to get through by knowing the different ways to stay informed. It’s important to know the different ways you can stay informed during an emergency – which radio stations to listen to, which website and social media to follow, the importance of getting to know your neighbours and checking if you can receive Emergency Mobile Alerts. Find out more about the different ways you can stay informed during an emergency here.
Have you spotted a Council service issue around town? This could be a damaged road sign, dumped rubbish, a water leak, or a roaming dog. We provide a Service Request System that operates 24 hours a day, seven days a week. This allows you to notify us of an issue with our services or facilities. We encourage you to get in touch so we can quickly investigate the issue and get things sorted. Generally, we need to know:
  • a description of the issue.
  • the location of the issue (street and town).
  • a photo is very helpful. Email to info@waitomo.govt.nz
  • contact information so we can update you.
Make a service request by contacting our Customer Services team on 0800 932 4357. For non-urgent service requests or to make a general enquiry:
Summer is in full swing now, which means your kitchen should be full of sweetcorn, salad and stone fruit. Unfortunately, New Zealand’s humid climate means that produce deteriorates far quicker this time of year, making it more important than ever to store your food correctly. Here are Love Food Hate Waste’s storage secrets to keep your food fresh in the summer heat: Aubergines (Eggplants): Don’t put aubergines in the fridge – store them somewhere cool, but not in the fridge. Refrigerating them can affect the flavour and lead to browning. Avocados: Ripen at room temperature, then refrigerate once ripe. Once you have opened an avocado, wrap the leftover half (with the stone in) tightly in cling wrap. If you don’t want to use cling wrap, store it in an airtight container. Bread: You can buy bread all year round, but with the humid climate during summer, now is the most important time to keep your bread in the fridge or freezer so that it doesn’t grow mould. Cherries: Cherries should be ripe when you buy them, so pop them into the fridge to extend their life – that’s if you don’t eat them all on the day that you buy them! Cucumbers: Cucumbers can be stored either in the fridge or at room temperature. Keep the plastic wrapping on the cucumber as it protects the soft skin and prevents dehydration. Iceberg lettuce: Store in a lettuce crisper, if you have one, otherwise wrap the lettuce in paper towels and place in a resealable plastic bag. Salad greens: Make slimy salad a thing of the past by keeping your salad greens in an airtight container in the fridge. Stone fruit: If your stone fruit is ripe, store them in the fridge to make them last longer. If they need to ripen, keep them at room temperature. Storing them in a paper bag with a banana will speed up the process. Sweetcorn: Refrigerate sweetcorn in its husk to keep it fresher for longer. Tip: To save on dishes, cook your corn in the microwave. Put the sweetcorn (in its husk) in the microwave and cook for about five minutes per cob. Cooking times may though vary depending on the strength of your microwave. Allow to cool slightly before peeling. Tomatoes: Store tomatoes at room temperature – refrigerating them affects their texture and flavour. If they have gone soft, use them for cooking. For more storage tips visit www.lovefoodhatewaste.co.nz
The crowds will come from near and far to take part in one of our biggest fun family events. The Great New Zealand Muster is the Waitomo Districts right to brag. Held on the last day of the New Zealand Shearing Championships this event draws the numbers. With a fantastic line-up of stalls, exhibits, local crafts and now the legendary The Gallagher Meads Bro Exhibition there really is something for everyone….but wait there’s more. Over the years a line up of both local talent and big names from the entertainment industry have graced the stage, delighting the onlookers prior to the sheep run event. If you are planning a fundraiser or promotion this is an ideal opportunity to be amongst both visitors and local residents. All stall information including the registration form can be found on our website or contact the friendly Customer Services Team on 0800 932 4327. Demand for stall sites is high so we recommend you register early. Payment must be received before your site can be allocated.