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ANZAC Day commemoration videos - 'Voices Behind the Uniforms'

If you missed our ANZAC Special series, 'Voices Behind the Uniforms' you can find the links below:

ANZAC Day   Instragram cover   Voices Behind the UniformClick on the Episode number for the link:  

Episode 1: The first of six videos in Hauraki District Council's series of videos making up our ANZAC Day online commemoration video series 'Voices behind the Uniforms'

Episode 2 - In this episode we get an inside peek at Waihi's historic Roy Roy Hotel's renovations and hear more about actor Mark Wright's experience in Gallipoli and his connection to the hotel.

Episode 3 - In this episode, Mayor Toby Adams talks about his experience in Arras, France.

Episode 4 - In this episode Mayor Toby Adams and Mark Wright discuss the importance of commemorating ANZAC Day, especially for the younger generation and the Plains shows us that the ANZAC spirit is in 'good hearts and good hands', as we revisit the Ngatea parade and service from 2021.

Episode 5 - In this episode, Paeroa College students share in a moving experience from Gallipoli with Mark Wright, and hear thought provoking stories from 3 Paeroa RSA Returned Servicemen.

Episode 6 - An ANZAC Day Commemoration: The final episode in the series. Our sincere thanks to the Returned Servicemen of the Paeroa and Waihi RSA who appear in this video. They are our voices behind the uniforms. Their stories are moving, funny and heartfelt. We were humbled to capture them and hope we've done them justice. Lest we forget.


Future for Local Government review

Local Government   2050

Over the next 30 years, New Zealand will change a great deal. These changes will bring new challenges and opportunities to local governance and will have local impacts that require local responses.

Our Council met with the Future for Local Government Review Panel on 1 March 2022 to provide our initial feedback from a Council viewpoint. We have also provided written feedback which you can read on the 'Future for Local Government' page on our website.

It's time for you to 'Get Vocal in Your Local', take the survey and get loud about how you think decisions should get made in your community.

Works Round Up

Kaiau playground pirate ship

Kaiaua Playground

A fresh coat of paint has breathed new life into the Pirates playground in time for the school holiday sea faring adventures, much to the delight of the wee swashbucklers who frequent the Jolly Roger.

Tree Assessment - Kaiaua Domain

Our Parks and Reserves team carried out an assessment of trees at the Kaiaua Domain. Some standing dead trees, large privet and Japanese Walnut trees were identified for removal. There were also some fallen trees lying in the Hauarahi streambed that have been removed because of the risk they posed during a flood event.

The significant Puriri tree on site will have a mulch layer placed around it to protect the root system. Cuttings will be taken to propagate genetically identical trees to be planted in the Domain.

Hugh Hayward Domain

The water pump and water storage tanks for the Domain irrigation system have been installed and connected. Secure fencing is still to be installed around the water tanks. The chip seal has been completed on the carpark, with just the line marking to be done to complete the work.

The autumn turf maintenance will continue to prepare the sports fields for the soccer and rugby winter season. Line marking and goal posts for the winter codes have also been installed. Meetings with winter sports groups will be held to help manage the wear and tear on playing surfaces which are used for both mid-week training and weekend games.

Gilmour Reserve

Weed control is continuing at the Gilmour Reserve wetland in preparation for new planting to be done during the autumn and winter months. Plants are being sourced for the planting project.

Draft Reserve Management Plan

Submissions are still open for you to let us know what you think of our Draft Reserve Management Plan.  Feedback closes on Friday 20 May. The Plan guides the management of our parks and reserves. For more information and ways to submit, visit the We Need to Talk website.

Elderly Persons Housing | Tūnohunohu Wharepuni

Two units became available in March, thee is currently a waiting list of 26 for housing. Staff are taking the opportunity to upgrade the kitchens in both units and other minor work including vinyl and carpet upgrade and a new coat of paint.
All units have had extraction fans installed in the kitchens, brining the Healthy Homes project to a close.
Planting of the Seddon Street entrance garden will be done during the winter months.

Public Toilets | Heketua

The container toilets for Karangahake and Kaiaua are ready to be picked up. Our carrier will be picking up the toilets from the South Island next week. We are anticipating a wee delay on the crossing, due to COVID-19 impacts to the Cook Straight Ferry services. Keep an eye on our Facebook Page for updates.

Ohinemuri Sports and Recreation Hub

A Special General Meeting for the Ohinemuri Sports and Recreation Hub was held on April 12 in which an additional board member was appointed. Two further positions on the board are still available and work is being done to recruit suitable candidates. The Hub is in the process of becoming an Incorporated Society.

Hugh Howard Domain and Paeroa Domain Grandstands

Both Paeroa Domain and Hugh Hayward Domain have been identified in the 2021-31 LTP to be repainted in 2021/22. Council approved to increase the budget needed to complete the project. Keep an eye on our Facebook Page for updates.

Speed Management Plan

As a Road Controlling Authority (RCA), our Council sets the speed limits for local roads. The interim Speed Management Plan for the District will have a range of initiatives to ensure that vehicle speeds are appropriate for the areas where we live, work and go to school.

The development of a Speed Management Plan is expected to be mandated by the Government as part of its review of the Setting of Speed Limits Rule. Until this legislative process is completed speed management plans will be 'interim' to assist with the transition between the current bylaw process and that of a register of speed limits proposed as part of the proposed Setting of Speed Limits Rule.

The intention is that Speed Management Plans will enable Road Controlling Authorities to show their proposed short-term and long-term changes to the whole network with respect to speed management and identify future improvements to roads to support changes in speed limits as required.

The intention of a speed management plan is not to undertake wholesale changes to speed limits within the district, but to provide a structured and methodological process for the review and change of speed limits including the implementation of speed management treatments as required to reduce the risk to road users.

A consultation document will go to the next Council meeting. We will be asking for your feedback on 'The speed limit being lowered to match the calculated safe and appropriate speed. In the majority of locations, the existing mean travel speeds are typically higher than the safe and appropriate speed limit proposed.'

To read more see from page 174 of the Council Agenda 27 April 2022

Roading Round Up

Road works sign

Our Roading Team continued to be disrupted by the widespread outbreak of COVID-19 throughout March 2022. This disruption also extended to key contractors. Despite this, multiple teams were on the network in March delivering works such as road marking, pavement maintenance, pre-seal repairs, and streetlight maintenance.

Land Transport Policy & Bylaw Review
Development of the Draft Land Transport Policy, and review of the Stock Crossing and Traffic & Parking Bylaws, is well advanced. Public consultation is planned to begin mid-May. Keep a look out on our 'We need to talk' website for your opportunity to have your say.

New Zealand Guide to Temporary Traffic Management
The current Waka Kotahi Code of Practice for Temporary Traffic Management (CoPTTM), leads users to a compliance based approach when applying temporary traffic management at work sites. The new Waka Kotahi guide will align to the WorkSafe Road and Roadside Worker Health and Safety Good Practice Guidelines. 

Compliant temporary traffic management does not guarantee safety or minimise the risk of harm. Temporary traffic management being delivered on worksites has moved from being hazard based to risk based to reduce chances of harm. 

Co-Lab Councils, including our Council, met with Waka Kotahi mid March resulting in collective feedback on the changes being presented to Waka Kotahi.

You can read more about the project and the Draft NZ Guide to Temporary Traffic Management on the Waka Kotahi website.

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Water Round Up

Water saving for Waihi and Paeroa


The combination of turning down the water pressure at night and the recent rain has Paeroa's water reservoir sitting at a healthy level. Demand hasn't dropped, so we are continuing to restrict water usage for the time being.

The Plains water supply is still being augmented by the Steen Road Quarry reservoir.

You can see information and water saving tips, including how to read your water metre on our website.

Draft Reserve Management Plan Webinars

These Zoom webinars are an opportunity to talk to your Mayor and Councillors about plans for the management and protection of our district's parks and reserves over the next 10 years. Find out what future planss we're proposing for your favourite outdoor spaces. Feedback closes on Friday 20 May.

WEBINAR One: 5.30pm, Monday 9 May
Webinar ID: 897 7508 6203

WEBINAR Two: 9.30am, Tuesday10 May 2022
Webinar ID: 876 1615 9564

 RMP   Gilmour Lake and We need to talk sign