Council adopted its Annual Plan 2017/18 on Tuesday 2 May 2017. This plan covers year three of the Long Term Plan 2015-2025 (LTP) for the 12 months from 1 July 2017 to 30 June 2018, and details the annual budget and also notes any variations or differences from the forecasts contained for that financial year, in the LTP. Our focus areas as stated in the LTP are Community Connectivity and Development, Economic Development and Good Asset Stewardship. Our intention for the coming financial year is to continue making progress in these areas in a financially prudent and sustainable manner. Highlights of the Annual Plan 2017/18:
  • $10 million of capital expenditure across various projects including the Te Kuiti Water Treatment Plant upgrade, improvements to our quarries, performance enhancement of the Te Kuiti Waste Water Treatment Plant, and the development of an improved entrance way to Brook Park, to name a few.
  • Reduction of the rates requirement for 2017/18, 2.7% increase (from 3.88% forecast in the LTP).
  • A decrease of $2.5 million less external public debt
  • A $2.38 million increase in our Reserves balance
  • Commencement of the District Plan Review project
  • Continuing with development of Timber Trail Marketing
  • Bathroom upgrade for the Les Munro Centre
  • Support Digital advancement of the District
  • Support implementation of the Waitomo Village Structure Plan
The total rate revenue required for the 2017/18 financial year is $19,571,000 (excluding GST) which is less than the forecast of $20,015,000 contained in the LTP for the corresponding financial year. The decrease is a result of prioritising needs and re-sequencing works where appropriate. More favourable interest rates and lower than forecast public debt have also been contributors to the reduction in rates requirement. The Cost of Service Statement illustrates that Council’s planned Net Operating Expenditure for the 2017/18 year is 2.9% more than forecast in the LTP. 1_Article-1-Table 1_Article-1-graph-A 1_Article-1-graph-B Printed copies of our Annual Plan 2017/18 are available from the reception of our Queen Street Office, and from the Waitomo District Library. Alternatively you can download a copy from our website www.waitomo.govt.nz/publications
The purpose of this policy is to establish and document the principles that form the basis for the Waitomo District Council Citizens Awards, which celebrate the extraordinary contribution that Waitomo residents make to their community. Council recently reviewed the Policy and two amendments were made:
  • The Citizens Awards Ceremonies be convened once every two years during the month of May.
  • That the members of the Citizens Awards Working Party be appointed for a four-year term.
  • The next ceremony will be held in May 2018.
You can view the Waitomo District Council Citizens Awards Policy on our website.
Did you know that you can view the district valuation roll and rates records at our office – Queen Street Te Kuiti? The rating information database contains information required by the Council for setting and assessing rates on each rating unit within the Waitomo District. The owner’s names and postal addresses of the properties are available for inspection unless Council has received a request in writing to withhold the owner’s names and postal addresses from the database. All requests for suppression of names and postal addresses must be made in writing and addressed to Waitomo District Council, PO Box 404, Te Kuiti 3941.
Last month we installed new playground equipment and upgraded the green space on Eketone Street. We have received positive feedback from local residents, and the swings and seesaw get a thumbs-up from the children. Photo courtesy of Kelly Hibbert. 1_Article-4-image-A New signs have been installed at our cemeteries in Te Kuiti Mokau, Piopio, Aria, and Te Waitere.
We are making progress with renewing the public space surrounding the Shearer Statue. A pathway will lead over the raised bank to a seating area. Fresh plants will brighten up the garden, and we have installed a new litter bin. 1_Article-4-image-C
The following dog control fees and charges have been adopted by the Waitomo District Council for the 2017/18 year:
Registration fees
  • Urban Fee (for dogs in an urban area which comply with the provisions of Dog Control Act 1996): $115.00
  • Spayed or Neutered Dogs in the Urban Area: $90.00
  • Selected Owner (Dog Control Policy) Dogs: $70.00
  • Rural Dogs: $45.00
  • Late registration fee: 50% of the fee that would have been payable if that dog had been registered on the first day of the registration year.
  • Dangerous Dogs registration fee: 150% of the fee that would apply if the dog were not classified as a Dangerous Dog.
  • Replacement Registration Tag: $5.00

Impounding (Poundage) fees
  • First Impounding (registered dog) $70.00
  • First Impounding (unregistered dog) $100.00
  • Second Impounding $138.00
  • Third and subsequent impounding $200.00
  • Sustenance fees – per day $15.00

Re-Homing Fee Re-homing of unwanted/unclaimed dogs (unregistered) dogs will be the applicable registration fee and micro chipping fee. The owner of an impounded dog that is not claimed or signed over to Council remains liable for all impounding and sustenance fees irrespective of the fate of the dog.
  • Surrender/disposal fee (in addition to applicable impounding charges and sustenance) $40.00
  • Micro-chipping fee $25.00
  • Consent to keep more than 2 dogs in the urban area $30.00
Dog registration fees are due by 31 July 2017 – look for your registration renewal in your letter box or contact us on 0800 932 4357 or info@waitomo.govt.nz Be a responsible dog owner:
  • when you are in public places carry a lead and a plastic bag – remove your dogs droppings
  • make sure your section is secure
  • and register your dog before 31 July 2017.
For more information on dog rules visit www.waitomo.govt.nz/dogs or contact our friendly Customer Services Team on 0800 932 4357 for further assistance. All fees include GST.
In March, Council decided to proceed with a procurement process to replace existing streetlights with new LED technology. The project will see 776 streetlights converted over a one year period. The major benefits of LED lighting is a 57% reduction in the electricity consumption (34 watts for LED compared to 85 watts for sodium lights), and a 75% reduction in maintenance expenses due to the longer service life of the LED lamps; between 17 and 25 years, compared with three to four years for the current technology. LED designs are light weight and can be fitted on the same streetlight poles as existing technology lights, at the same height and spacing as before, without any reduction in lighting of the roads. The operational cost of the existing sodium lights amounts to $320,000 per year, which comprises of $140,000 spent on a maintenance contract, $120,000 on The Lines Company network charges and around $60,000 on energy charges for electricity consumed. The estimated total cost for this project is $416,000. $62,000 will be funded from WDC’s Traffic Services renewal budget, and the balance will be funded from the NZ Transport Agency’s Financial Assistance Rate (FAR).
WDC operates all streetlights owned by NZTA in residential areas, and amenity and access way streetlights, park lights, festive strings, illumination lights and WDC owned streetlights. That’s a total of 1,042 lights.
Become a member of your local library for only $2.50. Simply visit us at 28 Taupiri Street Te Kuiti. Bring along with you two forms of ID, including proof of your residential address. We have great range of recommended fiction titles available including:
  • 12 Major World Religions by Jason Boyett
  • City of Friends by Joanna Trollope
  • War Cry by Wilbur Smith
  • Spindrift by Tamara McKinley
  • Essential by Annabel Langbein
  • A stranger in the woods by Michael Finkel
Encourage the love of reading with these children’s books:
  • Ms Rapscott’s girls by Elise Primavera
  • Torty and the soldier by Jennifer Beck
  • Oh me, oh my by Jill Eggleton
Are you planning a family game night? This is a great way to spend time together and encourage critical thinking and fine motor skills. You can borrow board games for three days, for only $2.00. We recommend:
  • The logo game
  • Game of life
  • Cranium
Our best seller DVD’s are available to hire for three days – $5.50 each. Classic DVD’s are $3.20 for one week. Some of our popular DVD’s are: The flowers in the attic series
  • Assassins creed
Library members can search our catalogue, find out more about great books, renew your books or place holds on books from the comfort of their home.
Follow these easy steps to login to the online catalogue: 1. Visit www.waitomo.govt.nz/library 2. Click on the ‘Catalogue’ button 3. Enter your library card number (this is the barcode on the back of your library card) 4. Click into the PIN field and enter the last four digits of your barcode 5. Click ‘login to the e-library opac’
To search for an item: 1. Type your search words (keywords) into the search field 2. Click on the drop down arrow to select the type of search you have entered i.e. words or phrases, author, title, subject or series 3. Click on the ‘Search’ button Items matching your search criteria will be displayed on screen. To do a new search, click on the ‘New Search’ button.
To renew an item: 1. Click on ‘My Account’ 2. Click on ‘Renew My Items’ 3. Select the items that you wish to renew 4. Click on ‘Renew Selected Items’ or ‘Renewal’ Please note: Items already overdue are not able to be renewed. Please contact the Library Team on (07) 878 1028 to discuss. Download our Guide to using the library from home – available at: waitomo.govt.nz/library 1_Article-7-image-A
Many of us get confused by the dates printed on our food packaging. Some of us wouldn’t touch food even a day past the date listed, while others are comfortable to eat food well after. Knowing the difference between ‘use by’ and ‘best before’ is important in reducing food waste. So what do they mean? Use by is an instruction and refers to the safety of the food. You should not eat food after its use by date. Comparatively, a best before date is a guideline which refers to the quality of the food. It is safe to eat food after its best before date, providing you use your senses to check that it is okay. Dairy products are a food group where Kiwis can be overly cautious when it comes to expiry dates. This results in us throwing away 8,426 tonnes of dairy products every year. Helpfully, dairy products are likely to show signs of spoiling, so it should be easy to know when they have gone off. Use your senses to check for lumps in your milk, a sour smell, unusual texture or mould growth. If any of these signs are present, discard the product.   1_Article-9-image-A
Ex-Cyclone Cook bought severe weather to many parts of the country, and caused extensive damage to our local Roading Network. We are making progress with the repairs to local roads and expect that all permanent repairs will be completed by December this year. An interim assessment showed a total of about 150 slip sites with an estimated total repair cost in excess of $1.3 million. A full assessment report was compiled in May, and used to apply for funding as Emergency Repairs from the NZ Transport Agency. It should be noted that there is no guarantee that all works will be approved for funding by the NZTA. The road works classed under the emergency repair category will be prioritised for repair as soon as possible. 1_Article-10-image-A In April the Mangaokewa river level rose to 51.6 metres – 1.2 metres away from the high level recorded in 2004. 1_Article-10-image-B Paul and Maree Jones provided this photo showing the flooding at Mokau River Bridge on Awakau Road. Often we are given very little time to react in an emergency.When an emergency does happen, civil defence and emergency services will be busy helping the people who need them most. That is why we encourage everyone to make sure their family and loved ones know what to do, and to have supplies and plans to make it through a civil defence emergency. In most emergencies it’s best to stay in your home, unless your home is no longer safe due to flooding for example. The following emergency survival items will help you to look after yourself and your household for at least three days or more. Keep these items together in a box or container, and make sure everyone in your household knows where the torches and batteries are.
  • Torch with spare batteries or a self-charging torch
  • Radio with spare batteries
  • Wind and waterproof clothing, sun hats, and strong outdoor shoes.
  • First aid kit and essential medicines
  • Blankets or sleeping bags
  • Pet supplies
  • Toilet paper and large rubbish bags for your emergency toilet
  • Face and dust masks
  • Check all batteries every three months. Battery powered lighting is the safest and easiest. Do not use candles as they can tip over in earthquake aftershocks or in a gust of wind. Do not use kerosene lamps, which require a great deal of ventilation and are not designed for indoor use.
  • Food and water for at least three days
  • Nonperishable food (canned or dried food)
  • Food, formula and drinks for babies and small children
  • Water for drinking. At least 3 litres per person, per day
  • Water for washing and cooking
  • A primus or gas barbeque to cook on
  • A can opener
Check and replace food and water every twelve months. Consider stocking a two-week supply of food and water for prolonged emergencies. For a list of basic supplies to have in a bag in case you have to evacuate please visit www.getthru.govt.nz 1_Article-10-background-image