Hauraki District Council
Waihi Ward Committee
MINUTES OF A MEETING OF THE WAIHI WARD COMMITTEE HELD IN THE COUNCIL CHAMBERS, WILLIAM STREET, PAEROA ON TUESDAY 12 MAY 2015 COMMENCING AT 2.30 PM
Crs H T Shepherd (Chairperson), P H Keall, M P McLean and A A Tubman
Messrs S B Fabish (Community Services Manager), Mr J McIver (Community Development Officer), S Clark (Parks and Reserves Manager), Ms K Hurd (Policy Analyst) and Ms C Black (Council Secretary)
THAT the apology of His Worship the Mayor, J P Tregidga be received and sustained.
WWC15/18 Tubman/Keall CARRIED
Eddie Morrow, Manager of the Waihi Discovery Centre and I-Site Visitor and staff member were in attendance and provided a PowerPoint presentation and answered member’s questions on the operation of the Centre.
Mr Morrow highlighted the increase in the numbers visiting the centre particularly over the summer holiday season.
A customer survey undertaken by ‘Market Knowledge Ltd’ identified the centre as having as a high standard of quality overall. The centre was also the winner of the NZ Museum Awards ‘Best Visitor Experience’ for service and received the Qualmark accreditation for both the Discovery Centre and the I Site.
Mr Morrow commented that there is a need to promote the centre to the Rail Trail users more and to improve the route from the rail trail terminus up to the Centre.
There were no late items.
DECLARATIONS OF INTERESTS
There were no declarations.
CONFIRMATION OF MINUTES
THAT the minutes of the meeting of the Waihi Ward Committee held on Tuesday 14 April 2015 are confirmed and are a true and correct record.
WWC15/19 Keall/McLean CARRIED
The Community Services monthly report on activities for the month of April 2015 was presented for the Committee’s consideration.
THAT the Community Services monthly report for the month of April 2015 be received.
WWC15/20 Tubman/McLean CARRIED
THAT the correspondence from Age Concern Thames Inc. and Goldfields Railway Waihi Inc be received.
WWC15/21 McLean/Keall CARRIED
REQUESTS FOR FINANCIAL ASSISTANCE
Age Concern Thames Inc. 
The Chair and Service Coordinator for Aged Concern Thames has written seeking financial assistance for the purchase of exercise equipment for their ‘Steady as You Go’ Fall Prevention Classes being held in Waihi and Paeroa.
The writer seeks a grant of $300 per ward.
THAT a grant of $300.00 is contributed from the Waihi Ward Discretionary Fund to Thames Age Concern in support of their Steady as You Go © Fall Prevention Classes being held in Waihi.
WWC15/22 Shepherd/Keall CARRIED
Goldfields Railway Inc. 
The Projects Officer has written seeking a waiver of fees relating to their water tower project. The society is currently upgrading and preserving historical assets at 17 Wrigley Street, Waihi.
The building consent costs currently total $714.25
THAT a grant of $714.25 is contributed from the Waihi Ward Discretionary Fund to Goldfields Railway Inc. in support of their water tower project.
WWC15/23 McLean/Keall CARRIED
Ward Discretionary Social Fund [CDV-30-31-105]
The Waihi Ward Committee has $5,000 for the 2014/15 term for discretionary grants of a social services nature. To date, the Ward has not committed any of this funds as are awaiting the outcome of the Social Initiatives Scoping project.
The Community Development Officer reported on and provided statistical information and identifies key social service and service providers within the Waihi Ward for an identified social issue. This information will provide baseline data for potential future evaluation and ensure that the issue identified is relevant.
THAT the report be received, and
THAT Waihi Ward Councillors meet with identified stakeholders in order to identify key issues for seniors within the Waihi Ward, and
THAT a date be confirmed for a meeting to be held between Waihi Ward Councillors and identified stakeholders.
WWC15/24 Shepherd/Tubman CARRIED
The presentation of the Community Services report continued.
Waikino Community Bridge Car Park 2015/15
The Parks and Reserves Manager advised that the swing bridge car park is still under consideration from NZTA, who are conducting a wider investigation into traffic movements in the Karangahake Gorge.
Waihi Community Facilities and Recreational Development Fund Projects
Morgan Park Redevelopment Project
The Sport ‘n’ Action Morgan Park Committee has been granted a resource consent for stage one of the redevelopment of Morgan Park.
The Committee was required to have resource consent in order to file application to Lotteries for funding. The funding application has been lodged and is awaiting a response from Lotteries, which is due May/June 2015, as to the success of their application. Staff will notify Council once any decision or information is available.
Corridor Improvement Plan for the Karangahake Gorge (Waihi to Paeroa)
Council has written to NZTA with regards to any progress that has been made for the Paeroa to Waihi transit corridor as a result of the workshops and is waiting a formal response.
Whiritoa - Beach Access
The Parks and Reserves Manager advised of an incident which occurred on ANZAC day where a vehicle was driven onto the beach from the Pohutukawa reserve causing damage to the beach access/walkway. The driver has been requested to reinstate the damage.
Morgan Park – Netball Courts
The Parks and Reserves Manager advised of the recent occurrence of ground subsidence identified at the netball courts. More significant cracking and ground subsidence is now appearing on court three. Staff has met with the netball association for discussions on the matter.
The meeting closed at 4.00pm.
H T Shepherd
9 June 2015