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How much am I getting paid?

AUTHOR Frank Newman DATE 05 Nov 2019

First things first. How much am I going to get paid?...
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Mayor factually wrong on debt

AUTHOR Frank Newman DATE 07 Oct 2019

In Saturday's Northern Advocate (5 October 2019) Mayor Mai makes comments about the council's debt position that are untrue....
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Landowners have had enough

AUTHOR Better! Whangarei DATE 07 Oct 2019

We have had enough, which is why we put our name to the advertisement that appeared in the Northern Advocate and Whangarei Leader....
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Weve had enough

AUTHOR Better! Whangarei DATE 21 Sep 2019

We've Had Enough!...
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Fair and Affordable Rates

AUTHOR Better! Whangarei DATE 18 Sep 2019

Dear Voter Are you aware that in the last five years residential rates paid on a typical house in Whangarei have increased by almost $500 from $1,800 to just under $2,300? That's an increase of 5 per...
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Mayor frugal on truth about council debt

AUTHOR Frank Newman DATE 18 Sep 2019

Photo: Northern Advocate At the Meet the Candidates forum on Monday, the 9th of September Mayor Mai said with some pride that under her watch council debt had fallen. That is simply untrue unless o...
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Affordable housing? Not under this Council.

AUTHOR Frank Newman DATE 13 Sep 2019

The story of a couple who have had their application to develop an affordable housing area rejected is yet another example that the Resource Management Act (RMA) and local planning rules are making ...
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Compassionsless Council

AUTHOR Better! Whangarei DATE 09 Sep 2019

[Photo: Northern Advocate] The plight of the couple whose land is slipping away from underneath them is a sad indictment on the culture within the Whangarei District Council....
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Affordable housing? Not under this Council.

AUTHOR Frank Newman DATE 09 Sep 2019

[Herald photo] The story of a Nelson couple who have had their application to develop an affordable housing area rejected is yet another example that the Resource Management Act (RMA) and local pla...
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The death of the CBD

AUTHOR Frank Newman DATE 07 Sep 2019

A survey by the Northern Advocate showed that 48 out of 315 ground level shops in the Central Business a District (CBD) of Whangarei is vacant. Well done the Advocate for reporting the issue. Only l...
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Culture change required

AUTHOR Better! Whangarei DATE 07 Sep 2019

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Rubbish policy is rubbish

AUTHOR Frank Newman DATE 06 Sep 2019

(Stuff photo) Two years ago I wrote about a story appearing on national TV about road-side dumping of rubbish. The illegal dump reported in the news story had some eight tonnes of waste which cost ...
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Stuff poll on Neighbourly

AUTHOR Frank Newman DATE 31 Aug 2019

Neighbourly (STUFF) are running an election poll to find out what "What you think is the most important challenge to focus on?" They then ask, "Is there anything missing from the list?"...
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Follow up to: Candidates misleading public over debt

AUTHOR Frank Newman DATE 27 Aug 2019

Thank you to the many people who have contacted me about my post regarding the Council's true debt position, and the misleading comments some candidates have made.Here are some additional details abou...
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Well-beings and oil wells

AUTHOR Frank Newman DATE 16 Apr 2018

It’s been a big week in politics. Last week saw the first reading in Parliament of the Local Government (Community Well-being) Amendment Bill. The purpose of the Bill is to reverse changes made ...
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Council derivatives

AUTHOR Frank Newman DATE 08 Apr 2018

Derivatives are the sort of things you generally only come across in movies about wheelers and dealers in far-away places like New York and London - but they have a relevance much closer to home. ...
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Nice-to-haves drive rates and debt increases

AUTHOR Frank Newman DATE 07 Apr 2018

The Whangarei District Council (WDC) is currently going through a "Have your say" process about its Long Term Plan 2018-2028 (LTP) . Submissions to the plan close tomorrow, the 8th....
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Notable Trees

AUTHOR Frank Newman DATE 27 Oct 2017

The WDC is currently going through what it calls a pre-consultation stage of a plan change regarding the management of protected trees in the district. They say, "Pre-consultation represents a great o...
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Should 2 of the 13 WDC council seats be reserved for Maori?

AUTHOR Better! Whangarei DATE 09 Oct 2017

On 16 August 2017 the WDC mayor and councillors met to discuss the way the council is elected. The briefing notes state: "Over the next 15 months, there are three separate processes required to be u...
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Why is council over-charging for water?

AUTHOR Brian Mclachlan DATE 07 Aug 2017

Council stores, treats and delivers water to those on the reticulated system. For this service it charges a targeted rate calculated on a per cubic meter used by each customer. Council is charged unde...
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Mayor Mai leads conference contingent

AUTHOR Frank Newman DATE 27 Jul 2017

Local Government is clearly very important to the nation (as was the Home Guard in WWII). Last week some 600 delegates, including a contingent of eight from the Whangarei District Council, gathered in...
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Council doors closed to public say

AUTHOR Frank Newman DATE 20 Jul 2017

This year the Whangarei District Council (WDC) took the unusual step of not consulting the public on its Annual Plan. I can't recall of any time in the past when councillors have not consulted, as it ...
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Northern Advocate: Whangarei District Council's annual plan adopted for coming year

AUTHOR Better! Whangarei DATE 04 Jul 2017

The latest Whangarei District Council annual plan features a lower than anticipated rates increase, an allocation for more sealing on notorious dusty rural roads and the delay of work on the Hikurangi...
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Hundertwasser

AUTHOR Susy Bretherton DATE 28 Jun 2017

I can not sit back and not comment on the Hundertwasser Art Centre project....
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Council buys RSA for $3.4m

AUTHOR Better! Whangarei DATE 27 Jun 2017

The Whangarei District Council has announced that it has bought the Whangarei RSA site at 9 Rust Ave for $3.4m. Better Whangarei understands the property has an independent market valuation of $3.175m...
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Applause for Hundertwasser campaigners

AUTHOR Frank Newman DATE 21 Jun 2017

Well done to the promoters of the Hundertwasser Art Centre project. Whether one supported the project or not, applause must go to those who got behind the project and put in the effort to reach the fu...
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Credit ratings and self-congratulations

AUTHOR Frank Newman DATE 09 Jun 2017

A recent reaffirmation of the Whangarei District Council's AA credit rating by Standard & Poors (S&P) has been trumpeted by the Council as good news....
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Council elected commissioners

AUTHOR Better! Whangarei DATE 30 May 2017

From time to time councillors are appointed as a commissioner to panels hearing changes to the District Plan (the planning and environment rules). ...
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WDC to set up Business Advisory Group

AUTHOR Better! Whangarei DATE 30 May 2017

The WDC is establishing a Business Advisory Group to help it become "more business friendly".  ...
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Electric cars

AUTHOR Better! Whangarei DATE 29 May 2017

The Whangarei District Council has ordered its first electric vehicle and will be investigating further purchases as part of its ongoing fleet replacement....
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How much is WDC debt, really?

AUTHOR Better! Whangarei DATE 20 May 2017

There seems to be confusion about how much debt the Whangarei District Council really has. Here's the answer, as at 31 March 2017 - it is shown in the April agenda of the Finance and Corporate Co...
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Submissions axed

AUTHOR Brian Mclachlan DATE 29 Apr 2017

Recent changes to the 2002 Local Government Act allows new ways for Councils to talk to their ratepayers and residents about how rates money was spent. Previously, each new council adopted a Long Term...
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