62 days ago

What do you make of the latest rates rise proposal?

The Team Reporter from Hamilton Press

In the wake of a potential 25.5% rates shock, Hamilton city councillors have settled on their final pitch to the public: 19.9%.

On average, Hamiltonians would have to pay about $10.90 more towards rates every week. But the rate rises would keep coming, with the city projecting rises of 15.5% for the four years following.

Councillors were not happy about the “unfortunate” decision they had to make to keep the city running during Tuesday evening’s debate on the 2024-34 Long Term Plan, and some say the final number may change after public consultation in March-April.

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4 hours ago

Say goodbye to tyre waste

Tyrewise

About 40% of the 6.5 million tyres Kiwis use every year are recycled, repurposed, or used as tyre-derived fuel. But the rest end up in landfills, stockpiled or dumped.

The good news is now there’s an easy solution to all that tyre waste. It’s called Tyrewise and is New Zealand’s first national tyre recycling scheme.

Tyrewise ensures that tyres in Aotearoa New Zealand are recycled or repurposed properly, saving millions from going to the landfill.

Find out more about the scheme online.
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2 days ago

Poll: Does the building consent process need to change?

The Team from Neighbourly.co.nz

We definitely need homes that are fit to live in but there are often frustrations when it comes to getting consent to modify your own home.
Do you think changes need made to the current process for building consent? Share your thoughts below.

Type 'Not For Print' if you wish your comments to be excluded from the Conversations column of your local paper.

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Does the building consent process need to change?
  • 91.8% Yes
    91.8% Complete
  • 7.7% No
    7.7% Complete
  • 0.5% Other - I'll share below!
    0.5% Complete
842 votes
5 days ago

What's your favourite piece of Waikato history?

Libby Totton Reporter from Waikato Times

Car parks inspired a milking shed design that took off around the world and became a piece of Waikato District history.

A hundred-year-old church and gravestones from the 1880s will also feature as the district turns the spotlight on its past for its first Heritage Day on April 20.

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