The Rating Valuations Act 1998 requires that every property in New Zealand must be revalued for rating purposes at least once every three years. The next revaluation will be undertaken in September 2018 by Quotable Value New Zealand (QV). The last revaluation for the Waitomo District occurred in September 2015. Every property in New Zealand has a property value that comprises the capital value and land value. Property values are one of the factors that we use to assess your rates. This valuation does not include chattels, dairy company shares, stock, crops, machinery or trees. The valuation is deemed to include GST (if any) for residential property, and exclude GST for other property types. Property values are assessed on behalf of Council by QV using a ‘mass appraisal’ process. This method takes into consideration your property attributes and local sales from the area around the time of the revaluation. A market trend is established and applied to similar properties. All property owners and ratepayers will be posted notices of the revised values in October 2018. The valuation notice will detail the proposed new value of your property as at 1 September 2018. The new values will be first used for rating purposes from 1 July 2019. We will provide you with more information about the general property revaluation including objection close-off dates in due course.
We celebrated the Waitomo District Citizens Awards at the Les Munro Centre on Sunday May 27th. These awards celebrate and recognise the incredible achievements of individuals, who through their outstanding community spirit and dedication, have made a significant contribution to the Waitomo District. It was great to see the turnout of friends and family to celebrate the Lifetime Achievement awards to James Anderson, Jenifer and Graeme Reinhardt, Noel Mc Quilkin, Pat Finlayson, Snow and June Nicol, Dr Petronella Kroef, and Russell Aldridge. The Citizens awards went to Shelley Mitchell and Vicki Coll for their outstanding contribution to the Waitomo District with particular recognition of their commitment to the Miniball competition. This event is always well supported and shows the amazing place we live in, with wonderful volunteers who are committed to supporting our community.

From left: Shelley Mitchell, Vicki Coll, Noel McQuilken, Russell Aldridge, James Anderson, Dr Petronella Kroef, Pat Finlayson, Snow and June Nicol, Jenifer and Graeme Reinhardt, with Mayor Brian Hanna.

Don’t dump it down the drain! Our urban stormwater drains are designed to divert rainwater into our waterways. Drains are positioned at ground level for effective rainwater drainage. It is very important that drains are not used to dump waste liquids and chemicals. When liquids, paint and chemicals are dumped into a stormwater drain, it travels through underground pipes and is released into streams, rivers or the sea. This can have a negative impact on people’s health, water quality, and the habitat of aquatic plants and animals. Ways to avoid introducing waste into our waterways:
  • Wash your car on the lawn.
  • Wash water-based paint or turps off brushes at an indoor sink or laundry tub. This means the waste will enter our sewerage system which is designed to remove liquid wastes. Wastewater is treated to remove harmful bacteria, solids and other pollutants so it can be disposed of in an environmentally friendly manner.
  • Engine oil, coolants and antifreezes etc. should be kept in a sealed container and stored in a safe place, and disposed of at the Landfill.
  • If you have a chemical spill, don’t wash the mess down the drain. Soak it up with rags, sand or newspaper, and dispose of it with general rubbish.
Remember that we manage our stormwater and wastewater systems very differently:
  • Stormwater goes directly into waterways.
  • Wastewater is treated at the treatment plant before it reaches waterways.
We provide access to aerial photographs, rating information and more through Intramaps – an online mapping and property information service available on our website. Start online maps from the link on the Home page of our website. Using the online maps (Intramaps) you can:
  • Search for a property and view associated rating and valuation information
  • Print maps
  • View Operative District Plan information – new module and layers were added in May 2017.
Popular information available includes:
  • Property and rates information, including valuation data
  • Aerial photographs – these have been updated for settlement areas May 2017.
  • Property and road boundaries
  • Water assets and underground services such as water pipes, manholes and hydrants
For assistance with online maps please phone 07-878-0800 or email us at info@waitomo.govt.nz
The Dog Control Act requires all dog owners to ensure:
  • that the dog is registered in accordance with the Dog Control Act 1996, and that all relevant territorial authorities are promptly notified of any change of address or ownership.
  • that the dog is kept under control at all times.
  • all dogs registered for the first time after 1 July 2006 must be microchipped (working dogs are exempt from this requirement).
  • that the dog receives proper care and attention and is supplied with proper and sufficient food, water and shelter.
  • that the dog receives adequate exercise.
  • that the dog does not cause a nuisance to any other person, whether by persistent and loud barking or howling or by any other means.
  • that the dog does not injure, endanger, intimidate, or otherwise cause distress to any person.
  • that the dog does not injure, endanger, or cause distress to any stock, poultry, domestic animal, or protected wildlife.
  • that the dog does not damage or endanger any property belonging to any other person.
DOG REGISTRATION 2018/19 It’s important to register your dog every year as part of being a responsible dog owner. Registation fees take into account the cost of providing dog control services in the District and the balance between dog owners bearing the costs of dog control and the benefits to ratepayers of having safe and well controlled dogs in their community. All dogs over the age of three months must be registered by law. Your dog must wear its registration tag to show it has been registered for that year. The 2018/19 registration tag colour is green. If your dog is lost, it can be quickly and easily identified from its registration tag. Registrations are due 1 July 2018. A 50% penalty will apply from 1 August 2018.
ENCYCLOPAEDIA BRITANNICA It’s easy to choose an age-appropriate level for conducting research, completing homework assignments and working on special projects in the library or at home. HEALTH AND WELLNESS RESOURCE CENTRE Health information carefully compiled by trusted professionals, Health & Wellness Resource Center offers access to thousands of full-text medical journals, periodicals, reference works and multimedia. TUMBLEBOOKS PREMIUM This is your answer to building reading and literacy skills in children. It includes animated talking picture books, chapter books, videos, non-fiction titles, playlists, books in languages other than English such as French and Spanish, graphic novels and math stories. SWOPBOTS Encourages pupils to get excited about coding and engineering. Designed for absolute beginners and featuring inbuilt tutorials, the SwopBots Coding Adventure game is great for those just starting out with learning to program. THE COMPUTER SCHOOL The Technology Training Directory (TTD) includes thousands of lessons and tutorials covering a multitude of topics, including computer and technology basics, internet safety and security (including special programs on kids’ online safety and security), and training for tablets, mobile devices and apps etc. Our resources cover virtually every platform, operating system and software program, and everything is user-friendly and designed for the newest beginner all the way up to advanced level operators. Waitomo District Library Open Monday – Friday 10 am to 5 pm, Saturday 9.30 am to 12.30 pm Phone (07) 878 1028. Email library@waitomo.govt.nz
Disasters can happen quickly, and we can’t prevent them but there are steps everyone can take to reduce their impact and recover quickly. It is important to know what you must do before you have to do it. Major storms affect wide areas and can be accompanied by strong winds, heavy rain, thunder and lightning. They can cause damage to property and infrastructure, affect crops and livestock, disrupt essential services, and cause coastal inundation. Severe Weather Watches and Warnings are issued by the MetService and available through the broadcast media, by email alerts, and at Metservice. BEFORE A STORM Develop a Household Emergency Plan. Assemble and maintain your emergency Survival Items for your home as well as a portable getaway kit. Prepare your property for high winds. Secure large heavy objects or remove any item which can become a deadly or damaging missile. Get your roof checked regularly to make sure it is secure. List items that may need to be secured or moved indoors when strong winds are forecast. Keep materials at hand for repairing windows, such as tarpaulins, boards and duct tape. If you are renovating or building, make sure all work complies with the New Zealand building code which has specific standards to minimise storm damage. If farming, know which paddocks are safe to move livestock away from floodwaters, landslides and power lines. For more information, including information on how to get ready go to: www.getthru.govt.nz
Our annual resident survey has been distributed with this newsletter. We invite residents of the Waitomo District to provide their opinion on the services and facilities we provide to the community. The annual survey is an important reporting method used by WDC to measure how we perform against our goals and to analyse trends over time to help with our future planning. Return your completed survey to WDC (including your contact details) or complete it online and go into the draw to win a $250 New World card. Click here to complete the survey online.
We are working to construct a new river water intake structure as part of the Water Treatment Plant upgrade. This work is hampered by the high water level and flow rate of the Mangaokewa River. The recent pattern of heavy rainfall also continues to inundate the excavation site. We are currently driving sheet piling to keep the river water out of the work site. We are making progress with the electrical connections for the river water intake structure which includes pumps, valves, meters and air scouring mechanism. Work to modernise and automate the water clarification process is underway with new sludge cone valves to be installed.
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:
We will be carrying our scheduled renewal work at the facility including repainting of the pool and grandstand, and general maintenance to ensure the pools are in top condition for the start of the next season (October 2018). Some statistics on visitors to the Aquatic Centre:
21,133 People visited the pools this season.
151 Children participated in the SwimMagic swim school lessons during term 4.
138 Children participated in the SwimMagic swim school lessons during term 1.
1,701 Children swam at the pools during school visits.
62 Children entered in Kori’s Christmas colouring competition.
We promoted the facility and the importance of developing swim skills and water confidence:
  • We participated in the ‘This is Me’ event in December. Free face painting, promoted swimming programmes and events, and gained customer feedback. Joined in the Waitomo District Christmas Parade, with Kori entertaining the kids.
  • 127 people enjoyed the ‘Christmas at the Pools’ event.
  • ‘Survivor Day Rave’ event with raft making and games.
  • Holiday intensive swimming programmes.
  • ‘Fun week’ event with water polo and water rounders.
  • Inflatable Day. 125 people enjoyed tube relays and competitions on the inflatable. Children enjoyed the out of water activities; dance-off with Kori.
  • Children’s Day in March. 267 swimmers and their families attended with picnic blankets, give away’s, bouncy castles, inflatables, fun games and activities all making the day an absolute hit.

Mascot Kori the Penguin promotes safety in, on and around water.

We provide a weekly kerbside refuse and recycling collection service for Te Kuiti, Piopio, Mokau/Awakino, Waitomo Village (and Rural ward). Te Kuiti’s collection day is Friday. Piopio, Mokau/Awakino, and Waitomo’s collection day is Tuesday. Please place your green bin and blue rubbish bags on the kerbside by 8am on the day of collection. The Green Bin is for recycling residential quantities of paper, cardboard, plastic bottles, plastic meat trays and containers (types 1 and 2), aluminium and tin cans, and glass bottles and jars (green, clear, brown). Prepare your recycling: remove lids and rinse items clean. Squash plastic bottles and metal cans. Plain paper, newspaper and cardboard recycling that is the same volume as the green bin will be accepted by the kerbside collection service. Flatten cardboard, and secure loose items with string (or using a clear plastic bag), and place next to your green bin. Reasons why a Green Bin won’t be emptied:
  • The bin contains non-recyclable items e.g. other plastic types, paint tins, window glass, crockery, wax coated paper, polystyrene, food tainted items. Bins that are placed on the kerbside after 8am.
  • Non-WDC bins or containers put out for collection or over-filled green bins.
Large volumes of recycling must be disposed of at the Waitomo District Landfill on Williams Street, Te Kuiti. Free recycling facilities are provided at the transfer stations.
One of the easiest ways to reduce your food waste is to buy what you need, and eat what you buy. But anyone who has stepped foot in a supermarket will know that is easier said than done. Supermarkets can be overwhelming with treats on offer and new products to try, so it’s no surprise that most people walk out with far more food than they need. To avoid spending too much money at the supermarket and coming home with food that will only end up going to waste, you need to go to the supermarket armed with a meal plan and a shopping list. Many people consider meal planning a chore – after all, it is hard to predict what you may feel like for dinner later in the week. But the benefits of saving time, money, food and stress far outweigh the time it takes to make a plan. Whether you’re a meal planning pro or are just starting out, these tips will help make the process easier: COOK ONCE, EAT TWICE Plan foods that you can use in multiple meals across the week so that you are reducing the amount of time you need to spend in the kitchen. A big batch of mince can be used for spaghetti one night and eaten in burritos the next night. HAVE A THEME NIGHT If you are struggling with recipe ideas each week, try setting up a weekly theme night. It might be meat-free Mondays, tacos on Tuesdays or fish on Fridays. This will put some structure into your weekly meals and make it easier to plan those meals. CONSULT THE KIDS It’s nice to let the other members of the household have some say every now and then on what’s for dinner, so make sure to consult them when you’re planning. If they are old enough, you can always get them to help cook the meal that they have chosen. DOUBLE UP If you are making something that can easily be doubled (i.e. roasting two chickens instead of just one) do so. Freeze the second batch so that you can have an easy meal to call upon when you need it. When making something like a lasagne, it doesn’t take much extra effort to make two. USE REMINDERS Write reminders on your meal plan for things you need to remember to do in advance – such as take meat out of the freezer in the morning. Set alerts on your phone if you need to. This will help ensure that your meal planning runs smoothly. HAVE A PLAN B Always have a back-up in the freezer. It may be frozen fish and chips or a bag or two of dumplings. Having a quick and easy meal on hand means that even if your plans change and you don’t have time to whip up what was on the plan for that night, you can still feed your family without a trip to the supermarket. DON’T FORGET ABOUT LEFTOVERS Hopefully, you should have a night set aside to eat up leftovers and any other foods that are close to expiring. Instead of thinking of this as a boring meal, make it fun. Pull out all of your leftovers and any other bits and pieces, place them in the middle of the table and let everyone help themselves to what they want. Or make leftover night pizza night and let everyone make their own pizzas. STAY SEASONAL While fresh cobs of sweetcorn may be a regular family favourite in summer, you will be struggling to find it on the supermarket shelves in May. Making the effort to cook with seasonal ingredients will help keep the cost down and ensure you’re eating fresh produce. It can be helpful to draw up four seasonal lists of family favourites. GRADUALLY ADD NEW RECIPES Trying new recipes is a great way to ensure variety in what you’re eating and extend your cooking repertoire. But following a new recipe means that it takes more time and concentration to get the meal on the table. Try to add only one or two new recipes a week (or none at all). If something is easy to make and your family like it, add it to your usual rotation of recipes. BE FLEXIBLE AND FREEZE Life doesn’t always go to plan and sometimes, despite our best intentions, we don’t make the meals we were planning to. If you can eat the food on another night, great. If not, most foods can be successfully frozen. When freezing vegetables, it is best to blanch them before you pop them in the freezer so they retain their texture. The Easy Choice Family Kai meal planner is available now from our Queen Street Office and the Library.