The Tahuna road tip is still open!

Written by Russell on July 22nd, 2014

4 years ago I visited this site and posted some photos.  You can find them here.

Today I went back to see what had changed … Not much!

This is private land and currently growing pine trees.  There are plenty of spots to dump and although there is a forestry gate across the road it has been cut and looks like it spends most of its time open.

I even stumbled across the last resting place of someones horse!  I assume he was cut up for dog meat!

Clean and green NZ?… Yeah right!

A new way to get Councils to seal rural roads?

Written by Russell on July 4th, 2014

Why make submissions to the Annual Plan?  Just block the road!

Northern Advocate 4/7/14

Some interesting points in this article were:

1.  It is ‘wet as’ judging by the puddles and I doubt that dust is currently an issue on this road!

2. Several loaded logging trucks were turned back!  So they were coming out from the harvesting area?  So it cost someone some lost production?

3. The Police were reported as having “No issues”  with the “peaceful protest”? Really .. it is now lawful to block public roads as long as it is peaceful!

Coincidence?

Written by Russell on July 4th, 2014

This was the ‘front page’ of the online Whakatane Beacon recently.

So some folk have a gambling problem and the ’solution’ is to reduce the number of pokie machines?  Given that Pokie addicts will the first in the door and be prepared to hang round until they eventually get a free machine, how is this policy helping?

What it does do is stop those that can afford to gamble from contributing towards community funding.

Russell

English rugby fans are sore losers!

Written by Russell on June 8th, 2014

Pommie cheek!

My Pommie mate sent me this after the rugby last night!

Beacon titbits 1

Written by Russell on June 10th, 2011

I am really going to have to take the Beacon on a bit more.  It is a great local paper but from time to time their headline writing is very misleading. 

 Some of their content is a little astray as well..I dont think I will have any shortage of titbits…

This headline seems to indicate that the Hearings Committe felt that all country roads were not peaceful and tranquil? That is not what we said .. We said that the roads in the vicinity of the applicant’s proposed sites were not peaceful and tranquil and as far as I am concerned SH30 near Whakatane is anything but ‘tranquil’.

No result on the Mayoral Election Expense issue yet?

Written by Russell on June 10th, 2011

I note that this matter does not appear to have been resolved yet and I can imagine the Police have one or two other things to do at present. But .. it is their responsibility and they need to fulfill it.  These things can drag on and cause more problems if they are not swiftly dealt with .. justice delayed is justice denied?

As far as I can tell the Local Electoral Act 2001 has no specific time limit for the laying of an information (needed to commence a prosecution).  That being the case then section 14 of the Summary Offences Act applies and that states that an information must be laid within 6 months from when the matter arose.

On that basis the Police are well out of time to prosecuted so I am going to make a prediction here..

There will be no prosecution because the Police  have let this matter drag on  and the option to have it tested in the court has slipped away.

The Christchurch earthquake will certainly provide an excuse but maybe it is time the Police and the Government “fessed up” about their ability to fulfill their responsibilities?

Financial Strategy and reality!

Written by Russell on May 27th, 2011

Some interesting debates ahead as we head into a review of our Financial Strategy and the Rates review that will come out of it. 

The big issues we are facing revolve around affordability and sustainability. 

I have watched as this Council continues along as if it were still 2007.

I would like to be more optimistic but I am a realist.  If you are wondering what a realist is, here  is my definition …

A pessimist constantly moans about the wind being in the wrong direction and just sits there.

An optimist constantly claims that the wind will change and also just sits there.

A realist gets up and adjusts the sails!

Tame Iti’s computer room?

Written by Russell on May 26th, 2011

I note that the trial of the Ruatoki “Terrorists” has been delayed yet again and very soon someone will be crying “Undue Delay” under the Bill of Rights and seeking to have the whole thing thrown out.  They will conveniently forget that the delays have been caused by the Defendant’s challenging every aspect of the process. 

In case you were wondering it is not a picture of Tame’s computer room and I am not sure where it is, however given all the money we have spent on IT over the past 5 years I would image every Council staff member would have a workstation that looked something like this?  (Minus the guns of course).

The Annual Plan Submission process is over for another year!

Written by Russell on May 21st, 2011

A lot of folk still dont understand the process.  It is not a “complaints” forum .. you dont have to wait until May every year to tell us that the leaves are blocking your drain or the trees need trimming.  It is also not a process where we can change rate funding policies. 

Our policies (which include how Disaster Mitigation is paid for) are decided every 3 years as part of the LTCCP  (Now called the LTP – Long term Plan).  We can not change them just because we get submissions in the Annual Plan process. (Although that is exactly what we did with the sale of the Pensioner flats it is frowned on by auditors).

The good news is that we are doing the 3 yearly review of the LTP later this year and those policies can be adjusted (or not) in time for the 2012 Annual Plan and the Rates that follow.

Another way of putting it is .. It takes a long time to get any changes through the process and into the rates demands.

In case we forget..

Written by Russell on May 16th, 2011

I was looking back over the election stuff from last year.  Some of these sites may not stay up in the future so I thought I would grab a copy of Tony Bonne’s web site and load on here in case we forget what was promised? 

I know you visit my blog Tony! 

You can see his election statement here.