Hello Kelly, The August edition of Waitomo Way is out now! Thank you for your interest in our email newsletter. If you know someone who may be interested in the publication and receiving the Waitomo Way by email also, please forward them this link: Inside this issue: • • Te Kuiti Camping Ground • Community Update • Benneydale Public Toilets • Rates Rebate Scheme • Waitomo District Library • Projects Planned For Community Services • Reduce, Reuse, Recycle And Save • Get Out Of The Dog House! • Illegal Rubbish Dumping • Wandering Stock Are A Threat To Traffic Safety! • Creative Communities New Zealand The next edition of this newsletter will be published in October 2017. Enquiries about this newsletter or suggestions for Council news topics can be emailed to Kelly Marriott Communications Officer Phone 07 878 0800
Waitomo District Council has a month to month tenancy arrangement with the Te Kuiti Camping Ground business owner John Te Huia. The lease makes no reference to guests. However, the lease is clear that the land is to be used for a camping ground. The Te Kuiti Camping Ground is a “temporary living space”. A temporary living space is defined in the Camping Ground Regulations as a cabin, caravan, vehicle, tent, or other building or structure intended for human habitation for periods not exceeding 50 days in any continuous term of occupancy. We are aware that the camping ground business owner has entered into arrangements with people currently living at the site as tenants. Council is, of course, sympathetic of the position Mr Te Huia’s tenants find themselves in. The camping ground business owner was informed at a meeting in February of this year of Waitomo District Council’s intention to not renew the month to month tenancy arrangement. The purpose of the meeting was to ensure that the business owner gave plenty of time to his tenants to find alternative accommodation. A follow-up meeting was held in June, with the confirmation that WDC would not extend the month to month tenancy arrangement beyond the 31 August 2017. The business owner has not made any proposal to WDC for any change to our arrangement. Although Council notes that providing social housing is a central government responsibility, we will do our best to advocate for appropriate accommodation options for the District. Click here to view FAQ’s.
A Child’s Christmas Magic With Christmas fast approaching we encourage you to start planning your Christmas float. The theme for this year’s event is “A Child’s Christmas Magic”. The parade will take place on Friday 8th December at 6pm, Rora Street Te Kuiti. Float rules and registration forms are available on our website and from the Customer Services Team.
Survey Prize Draw Our annual Resident Survey is now complete. A report will be presented to Council at the end of August and survey results will be made available on our website. Congratulations to the following winners of the Waitomo District Council Resident Survey Prize Draw: Mr and Mrs Bromham, G and M Honnor, T Ormsby, A Merewether. Thank you to all those who took part in our survey.
Welcome to our District Have you recently relocated to the Waitomo District? We would like to hear from you once you’ve settled in. We can make sure all your details are up to date in our system, and we can keep you informed on topics of interest – such as dog registration and rates. We provide a welcome pack to new residents that contains information about our services and facilities, and local sights and activities. You can collect a pack from our Queen Street Office, Waitomo District Library or Visitor Information Centre.
Earthquake-prone buildings The new Building (Earthquake-prone Buildings) Amendment Act 2016 overwrites the Council’s existing earthquake-prone buildings policy. The new legislation came into force on 1 July 2017. It will ensure the way our buildings are managed for future earthquakes is consistent across the country, and provide more information for people using buildings, such as notices on earthquake-prone buildings and a public register. For more information visit the Ministry of Business, Innovation and Employment website:
The new modern public toilet facility was installed last month on Ellis Road Benneydale (SH30). The toilets were made by Permaloo in Gisborne. A feature of the new toilets is the graffiti resistant base paint, which will be added to in the near future with a vibrant paint finish. The old toilet facility had reached the end of its useful life. Council included the replacement of the facility in the 2015-25 Long Term Plan at a cost of $220,000. The new facility has male and female toilets, a unisex accessible toilet with baby change facility and 24 hours access, replacing the old concrete block which consisted of one male and one female toilet. 1_IMG_1544
The Rates Rebate Scheme benefits ratepayers who are on lower incomes and pay rates for the home in which they live. The amount of rate rebate depends on a combination of your income, the amount of rates you are charged and the number of dependents you have. For example, the maximum rates rebate available to a legal ratepayer for the property that was their home on 1 July 2017 is $620.00. Different levels of rates rebates remain available on household earnings from a minimum of $24,790 per annum. To find out if you qualify for a rates rebate please contact our Customer Services Team on (07) 878 0800 to discuss. If homeowners meet additional criteria, they can apply for the new rates rebate from 1 July 2017 for the 2017/18 rating year. This scheme is offered by Central Government.
Have you purchased a new device? Do you require a FREE refresher on how to use Microsoft Office or social media? Waitomo District Library members can now keep up to date with technology from the comfort of their own home. Choose between short tutorials, or earn your way to a certificate. The Computer School contains thousands of tutorials on many topics like Apple & Android products, Smart TV’s, Online music, Digital photography, MYOB, Coding, Cyber Safety and much more. Find out more by visiting our website or contact the library on 07-878 1028 for more information. Waitomo District Library. 28 Taupiri Street Te Kuiti. Open Monday to Friday 10am – 5pm and Saturday 9.30am – 12.30pm.
Our Community Services Group have a number of Capital Projects to be completed this financial year, as planned for in year three of the 2015-25 Long Term Plan. The development of the Brook Park entrance will provide safe, usable access to the public and visitors to our town. Tenders will be sought this month and construction is planned for September/October 2017. We will carry out an assessment of the Centennial Park Club rooms and present a report to Council outlining our findings and future options for the building. Other projects coming up include:
  • The Benneydale public toilet replacement. Read more about this project on page two of this newsletter.
  • Planning is underway for the replacement of the Marokopa public toilets.
  • The next part of our staged upgrade to one of our most valuable community assets – the Les Munro Centre is underway. The upgrade includes refurbishment of the male and female bathroom areas with new fittings, partitioning and the installation of a mechanical extraction system.
The 2016 waste audit result showed us that 39% of the contents of blue rubbish bags put out for collection, contained organic waste/food scraps. It is vital that we reduce the amount of organic material entering the landfill, for environmental and financial reasons. You can do your part by composting at home and reducing the amount of food that is wasted in your household. Composting is a natural and convenient way to recycle food scraps and garden waste, which can help you save on rubbish disposal costs. Download our publication ‘Tips for making compost at home’ from our website. Every year in New Zealand around 122,547 tonnes of food is sent to landfill, all of which could have been eaten. A smarter approach to food shopping could help Kiwi families save hundreds of dollars every year. Having a meal plan and a shopping list are two easy ways to keep on track at the supermarket. If you see a deal for ‘buy two and get one free’, have a plan for how you will use it up. We are proud to be part of the national Love Food Hate Waste NZ campaign which aims to turn this around, by inspiring and enabling people to waste less food. You can find useful tips on food storage and tasty recipe ideas at 1_LFHW-toast-1200x900-F
Fourteen dogs owners have taken up the opportunity to have their dog de-sexed, microchipped and registered with Waitomo District Council. Funding is still available which means we would like to encourage more owners of high-risk breeds to get in behind this programme and help make our communities safer. We are offering FREE de-sexing, FREE microchipping and a reduced registration fee for dogs classified as ‘menacing’ under the Dog Control Act*. Owners of American Pit Bull Terrier, Dogo Argentino, Japanese Tosa, Perro de Presa Canario, Brazilian Fila or cross breed, can take advantage of getting this done for free as the usual neutering cost is around $215 (male), and $340 (female). An upcoming change to the Dog Control Act will likely require all menacing dogs, as categorised under the Act, to be neutered. This change is expected to be included in legislation later this year. WDC would be required to give effect to this change under the Dog Control Act. Partial funding for this programme has been provided by Central Government in support of the national strategy to reduce the risk and harm of dog attacks. To register contact WDC’s Animal Control team on 0800 932 4357.
There are many benefits from having your dog de-sexed.
  • On average dogs live longer, healthier lives, with a reduced risk of getting diseases of the reproductive organs.
  • Dogs are less likely to roam and show aggressive anti-social behaviour.
  • De-sexing reduces the number of unwanted puppies and helps to control the growing number of strays and surrendered dogs that overpopulate animal shelters.
  • The annual dog registration fee is lower.
1_Article-11-small-image *Terms and conditions apply. Offer only available to dogs registered in the Waitomo District.
Illegal rubbish dumping spoils our environment, poses a threat to public health and undermines our efforts to manage and control the disposal of waste. The cost to clean up illegally dumped rubbish is funded by all ratepayers of the Waitomo District. We make every effort to identify the offender(s) in order to commence with prosecution action under the Litter Act 1979 where sufficient evidence can be confirmed. The Act provides for a maximum penalty upon conviction of $30,000. Council has moved to amend its Fees and Charges arrangements for the 2017/18 year so that infringement notices or fines can be issued. You can view the Fees and Charges on our website. Like it or not there is an unavoidable cost to dispose of rubbish in an environmentally responsible way. Lowering the fee simply means that someone else must make up the funding difference. The cost of the actual disposal of rubbish remains the same regardless. There is an obvious fairness problem with simply reducing the cost of the disposal fee. The Council policy is that funding the waste disposal activity is funded on a user pays basis wherever that is possible. The aim is to encourage people to take responsibility for the cost of disposing of their own waste. If you see someone dumping rubbish, please take action straight away. Report details like the vehicle registration plate number and a description of the person dumping rubbish. Call WDC on free phone 0800 932 4357 and please provide details about the exact location. 2_Article-12-small-image This household rubbish was illegally dumped on the side of a rural road in Te Kuiti. It would have cost around $3.00 to dispose of this rubbish at the Waitomo District Landfill.
Waitomo District Council receives regular complaints from concerned members of the public for issues relating to roaming stock. It is the responsibility of every owner of stock to ensure their animals are adequately confined and do not wander or gain access onto public property. The owner of stock is responsible for public safety or any damage to public or private property, or injury of stock, which may arise from roaming stock. Owners of wandering stock can face criminal liability under the Crimes Act 1961 (sections 156 and 157). If a land owner or occupier fails to take necessary steps to ensure their livestock remain adequately fenced in, they will be at risk of endangering the safety or health of the public (especially road users). If their stock causes a crash and negligence is proven, they may be prosecuted. Wandering stock will be impounded by WDC and all costs associated with the impounding (officer time, transportation and sustenance) will be recovered from the owner. If the stock is not claimed, it may be disposed of in accordance with the Impounding Act 1955.
We encourage, promote and support the arts in our communities through the Creative Communities Scheme (CCS). Established by Creative New Zealand in 1996, the aim of the fund is the support of arts and cultural activities that encourage participation in a wide range of arts activities, including (but not limited to) dance, literature, music, theatre, visual arts, Pacific arts, craft/ object and Nga Toi Māori (Māori heritage arts such as Tāmoko, Waiata, Karanga etc). Projects that are eligible for funding will focus on increasing participation in the arts or increase the range and diversity of the arts available to local communities; and produce benefits that are largely experienced within our district. The closing date for the next Creative Communities applications is Friday 17 November 2017. Community Development Coordinator Clowdy Ngatai recommends that applicants take the time to read the guide available on WDC’s website. “A great place to start when considering a project – He aha te kaupapa for an art project, is to brainstorm ‘what you want to achieve, who you will be working with, and why the funding is needed.” “It is a good idea to start planning early”. Says Mrs Ngatai. WDC provides guidance and support for groups who are working through the process. Funding applications need to outline the project description, the overall arts and cultural idea behind the project, what the result of the project will be (who it will benefit), some of the artistic goals and why the funds are needed. Further information can be found in the Creative Communities Scheme (CCS) Application Guide on our website (under Community Funding and Grants); or by contacting Clowdy Ngatai on (07) 878 0800.
You can apply to the fund as an individual or as a group. The project must be completed within 12 months from the date that funding is approved. Article-14-Table