61 days ago

Dairy in Powells Rd closes today

Patrick from Fairview Downs

Sad to say, but the owner is concerned about the number of people who don't seem to be taking this situation seriously. Not obeying the one in one out rule, unsupervised children touching things on the shelves, (he then has to clean), and a general disregard for the gravity of his health and the health of the community. So he has chosen to close his business down.
I can't say I blame him, but if as a community, had we known of his concerns, perhaps we could have helped. No amount of signage seemed to be working so a physical presence at the door reminding people of the rules may have enabled him to remain open. Alas that is all in hindsight now. He did indicate a number of his colleagues in the industry would follow suit so perhaps we can preserve the local community dairy with a bit of dialogue with them and a reminder at the door, by those who can afford the time to help.

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1 day ago

Rubbish and recycling collection - one day later

The Team from Hamilton City Council

Kerbside rubbish and recycling is back to normal next week but will be one day later due to Queen's Birthday on Monday (1 June).

1 day ago

Ratepayers to Fund Minimum Wage for Contractors

Geoff from Rototuna North

Hamilton City Council is to extend the minimum wage of $20 per hour to all staff employed by the organisation’s contractors. The cost is unknown but the best guess is between $258,000 to $859,000 per year to be funded through rates or through debt.

Section 10 of Local Government Act details the purpose of local government is—
• to enable democratic local decision-making and action by, and on behalf of, communities; and
• to meet the current and future needs of communities for good-quality local infrastructure, local public services, and performance of regulatory functions in a way that is most cost-effective for households and businesses.
How is the living wage (above the Government’s) most cost effective for households and businesses?
How is it on behalf of communities?
Good-quality, of the performance of regulatory functions, means infrastructure, services, and performance that are—
• efficient;
• effective; and
• appropriate to present and anticipated future circumstances.
How is the living wage to contractors efficient, effective and appropriate for the ratepayer particularly in these austere and worrying times?
Those who voted for this lose sight of representative responsibility and fail to represent the residents and ratepayers who took the effort to vote and in fact all of Hamilton residents.
Some contractors do not contact solely to Council, their employees also work at other locations for other contracts.
How is this to be policed?
Oh that’s right it is only other people’s money – watch out for the spend-up on ‘nice to haves’ during the annual plan.
Buckle up it is going to be a rough ride, particularly in these austere and worrying times.

14 days ago

Nature in our city!

The Team from Hamilton City Council

We've been exploring our own backyards and neighbourhoods a lot more in lock down. Where have you gone in the city to connect with nature?