September 6, 2009

Kaipara Mayor says enlarged Kaipara District is workable but needs harbour focus

Enlarged Kaipara District is workable but needs harbour focus

Combining areas of Rodney District north of the Puhoi and Makarau Rivers with Kaipara District will produce a workable local authority, says Kaipara Mayor Neil Tiller, commenting on the Local Government ( Auckland Council ) Bill No 2 which was made public today (Friday September 4).

“It’s pretty much as we expected and we can make it work,” Mayor Tiller says.

“It appears that there are about 20,000 people in the area that is coming north and we consider a population of around 40,000 an ideal size for a unit of local government covering such a large geographic area.”

However, Mayor Tiller has concerns over the boundaries, especially as they involve the Kaipara Harbour which the bill leaves split between two authorities.

“We would prefer to include the whole harbour to create a council with a true west coast and Kaipara Harbour focus, ensuring a community of interest based around harbour. Kaipara will be making submissions on the bill to this effect.”

He believes the new authority can be set up in time for the October 2010 local government elections but stresses that outstanding issues and uncertainties must be resolved quickly.

Mayor Tiller says while he is satisfied with the overall outcome he is concerned that Kaipara was not offered a greater opportunity to be involved in discussions which so vitally affected this district and its people.

- Kaipara District Council Media release 5th September 2009

September 5, 2009

General notices for September

Homebuilders Maungaturoto/Paparoa's annual general meeting is to be held at the community house on 15th September 2009 at 3.30pm - 155 Hurndall Street.

Country Club quiz night - Friday 25th September 2009 at 7.30pm. New players and teams welcome.

Bowling Club Trivial Pursuits - Friday 30th October at 7.30pm.

Silver Ferns Kaipara Sports Awards - Friday 6th November.

Kidz Club Committee - The Country Club now has a kidz room and club kids have their own committee. If you are a member and your child wants to have a say then see Jodi Hawken.

Otamatea High School is presenting Olla Podriga Talent Quest/Fun Entertainment/Variety Items on Thursday 24th September 2009 at 7.30pm in the school hall. Purchase your tickets from the school office.

Otamatea Repertory Theatre is having it's annual general meeting on November 12th 2009 at 7.30pm.

Maungaturoto RSA is having it's annual general meeting on 13th September 2009. Contact Ray Hynes for more info.

Maungaturoto Ambulance Station is holding it's annual Trash and Treasure from 28th September 2009 to 2nd October 2009 at the Centennial Hall. Donations accepted on Sunday 27th September.

September 3, 2009

Maungaturoto Primary School PTA News

The PTA are about to start sowing seeds ready to be sold at Labour Weekend, if you have any special requests let them know.

The annual fun run is also scheduled to happen on the 7th November 2009 so dress up and get ready to win lots of prizes. The money raised will be used to buy learning resources for the children.