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Rebuttal of TCDC response to “Money does not grow on trees”

I raised three specific points in the article, 1. A financially illiterate council (a back to basic approach); 2. A flawed process (non-representative and biased); and 3. Rates must not (necessarily) increase (Council (TCDC) spending money we do not have, using the ratepayer as an ATM). TCDC, in their response, only seek to clarify points 2 and 3. In rebutting TCDC’s response, I comment as follows on points 1-5 raised by TCDC; Points 1, 2, 3 and 5: A flawed and selective pseudo-process hiding behind a thinly disguised statutory compliance veil of the Local Government Act 2002 (LGA 2002),...

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From Mayor Len Salt on the Long-Term Plan

The LTP helps us answer questions such as: “What facilities and amenities should we be providing? What can we afford?” As a Council, we ask for the participation and feedback of our staff, elected members, iwi, other partners including government agencies, ratepayers and local communities, and decide on the best way to prioritise and fund them. The LTP has a 10-year-and-beyond timeframe, with detailed budgets and project priorities for the first three financial years. The LTP sets the rates and fees and charges. It’s reviewed every three financial years and a new LTP is produced. Council’s...

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TCDC clarifies Long Term Plan inaccuracies

Here are the facts about the LTP: 1. The early, informal engagement on our proposals for the LTP that’s occurred to date is not part of the public consultation process Council is required to undertake under the Local Government Act 2002 (LGA) before it adopts its LTP. It is additional to this process and has involved not only the informal October 2023 drop-in sessions mentioned in the opinion article, but meetings our Councillors, Community Board members and staff have been holding with iwi representatives and other partners, as well as informal conversations with stakeholders and interest...

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Message from Hon Scott Simpson – MP For Coromandel

The damage done to local housing, roads, small businesses and to our daily lives has left a lasting mark on so many people. Sometimes the worst of situations brings out the best in people and communities. There was a lot of that during last year’s weather crisis turmoil. Looking back now, for me it is one of the most enduring memories as I saw so many examples of people, neighbours and communities working together to help each other out at a time of great need. In terms of politics, the parliamentary year is well underway and we’ve been making our way through our 100 Day Plan. This month...

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Waikato Regional Council Update

Last week Councilors returned to the chamber to work through a scheduled 5 day Long Term Plan process. This sets the WRC Budgets for the next 10 years with a detailed focus on the next 3 years. The Council signed off on the proposed budget to go out for consultation with an average rate rise of 6%, 8% and 3% for each of the next 3 years. Good news for the Coromandel is the increased investment proposed for Biodiversity and Biosecurity including work programs around Wilding Pine, Kauri Dieback and Coastal Marine and an increase to Marine services and Regional Transport. The Natural Heritage...

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Money does not grow on trees – from a concerned resident and ratepayer

I am not sure we are getting good value for our money for what we are spending. Back to Basics: We, the ratepayers and residents, pay the rates and fees. We are the customers. Council can and should not spend money we do not have (sound financial management). Know what your customers want (priorities and wishes). Know what your customers are prepared to pay for. 1. A financially illiterate council: We have a financially illiterate TCDC council making long-term decisions on our behalf, spending our money. For anyone elected as a councillor, the priority is understanding...

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Vocabulary sets the scene for political change.

“Anger can be an expensive luxury” – Italian Proverb None of us need to experience a behavioural pattern that demonstrates vileness. It has always been advocated that vulgarity is a poor way to express any point being made when expressing in English. English has a vast lexicon of words that are more encouraging and denigrating; and when used correctly can drive home the message meant to be sent and received. The downfall is often that the recipient does not have a clue what is being said to them. Humour teases us to find a way of expressing a thought or a message without...

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Cathedral Cove – plan to reopen track to beach

BY DOC COMMUNICATIONS From communications: “We welcome the shift to a more pragmatic, and forward-looking approach when it comes to Cathedral Cove and coverage.  We also acknowledge the public is very interested in this topic. Thank you for the chance to share our side of the story in response to some of the other contributors. We appreciate the balance and fairness you are extending.   By September, we’ll know what the long-term future is for the Cathedral Cove visitor experience. That’s the message from DOC as it starts work determining how to address the challenges...

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