This link takes you to an excellent snapshot from Inspector Wayne Ewers perspective doing a normal patrol out on one of northlands state highways and what he encountered during part of a shift. This would be typical of all his staff across the region on any given day of the year. Sadly this is one of the many reasons northland has a horrendous road toll. It is these stretches of roads that the serious crashes are occurring too frequently and I applaud the Police for deploying their staff appropriately. Granted other roads have idiots driving at unacceptable speeds too but get the registration numbers and pass them to Police. They are out targeting those stretches where the crashes, deaths and serious injuries are occurring.
The revaluation of all Whangarei properties is almost complete and home owners can expect to get their new valuation notices in the mail before the end of the year.
The Whangarei District Council is required to value all the properties in our District every three years. The valuations are conducted by an independent valuation company, Opteon and are audited by the Valuer General.
Opteon uses recent property sales data, resource/building consent and survey data along with carrying out sample inspections to establish an updated view of values across our district,” says Council’s revenue manager Alison Puchaux.
We had hoped to have the revaluation notices out to residents in November but this has been revised and residents can now expect to receive their notices around the middle of December. These valuations will be based on the property market conditions as at 1 August 2018.”
Mrs Puchaux says these values will be used to calculate rates from July 1 2019.
“Any change in your property’s values does not mean that your rates will increase or decrease by the amount of this change, as property revaluations don’t affect the total amount of rates collected by Council. Instead, these valuations help us work out everyone’s share of the rates.”
She says anyone who has any questions about the revaluation should call Council for more information – either on 4304200 or 0800 9324636 (0800 WDCINFO).
I am trying to collect evidence of near misses or near accidents happening as people try to cross Western Hills Drive between the Kensington Avenue and Kamo Road intersections. Despite the recent upgrade to this road there is still no safe way to cross this very busy highway and I think this needs to be remedied.
It seems that I have to collect objective evidence of the need for a safe crossing so this is a plea to all of you on Neighbourly to please get in touch with me with the time date and a few details about the incident. I will put together a file of all the information I receive.
Does anyone have any other suggestions as to how we can encourage the powers that be to see this from our point of view?
The road is very busy, log trucks and tankers thunder along it and many people seem to play "chicken" as they dash across one lane, wait in the middle and then dash across the other.
Any helpful information or ideas gratefully received.