46 days ago

Can you imagine not being able to stand straight?

Libby Wilson Reporter from Hamilton Press

A fused spine had Chrissy Lurman hunched over staring at the ground.

After surgery, she can look forward again.

Read more about the 33-year-old Hamilton mum here.

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2 hours ago

This week's latest Blueprint

Hamilton Harcourts

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2 hours ago

10-year strategy open for feedback

Waikato Regional Council

We’ve just released our draft 10-year strategy, and we’d like you to tell us if we’ve got it right.

The new draft strategy is geared at pushing us towards our vision for the mighty Waikato of “empowering our people, caring for our place”.

We’re interested in your thoughts on this new vision and whether you think our six strategic priorities – water, climate, biodiversity, coastal and marine, sustainable infrastructure, transport connections – are the right issues to focus our effort on over the next decade.

Please share your thoughts with us. The survey is open until 1 March.
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3 days ago

$16K increase takes Hamilton City Council boss' pay to $469K

Rudi from Hamilton Lake

(Hamilton Residents and Ratepayers Association Media Release)

September 30, 2019: Council undertook a review of the Chief Executive. This review concluded that NO pay increase should be awarded to the Chief Executive. (​Source​: HCC Governance)
February 12, 2020: Council approved a $16,000 salary increase for the Chief Executive quoting - "Richard is a highly competent chief executive and is performing at a very high-level on behalf of the city". The increase is Backdated to 1 July 2019. (Source​: Stuff Feb 12 2020)
This $16,000 increase takes the Hamilton City Council Council Chief Executive salary to $469,000 compared with the New Zealand Prime minister's salary of $471,000. Hamilton City has a population of around 170,000 compared while the NZ population is almost 5 million. At current exchange rates the Hamilton CEO salary is more than that of the Prime minister of Canada , who is in charge of over 37m people .
Have Council Elected members considered the impact of this decision have on single pensioners with an annual income of $24,722 (Source: Work and income)​. THEY PAY THE RATES.
In light of the rates rise last year of almost 10%, planned ongoing rates rises almost double that of inflation, and projected debt in the ten year plan of almost three quarters of a Billion dollars, the Residents and Ratepayers Association is seeking community opinion on this decision? ​

Email: hamiltonratepayers@gmail.com

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