Get Down To Business @ BA5

Posted by Gold FM on 01/09/2012

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The Go Waihi Business After 5 will be an interesting one this Wednesday, the 5th of September. The five Hauraki District Council members of the Waihi Ward will be at the Waihi Memorial Hall supper room just after 5 to share their thoughts and experiences of their time in Council.

Business owners and managers are also invited to attend the BA5 to learn more about why it has been proposed that Waihi loses one of their members. What this means, if it goes ahead, is that Waihi ratepayers will only be able to vote for four instead of five people to represent Waihi on the Hauraki District Council when the local body election is held next year.

What effect will this change bring, if any? What do our current Waihi Ward Councillors think about the change? Why did the Paeroa and Plains Councillors vote against the recommendation put before them at the full Council meeting on the 15th of August for the status quo to remain? That is four members for each of the three Wards that make up the Hauraki district instead of four each for the Paeroa and Ngatea Wards and five for the Waihi Ward.

One of the reasons being given now is the population increase that has occured because of Kaiaua being included with the Plains Ward. Do the numbers stack up?

Hauraki Mayor, His Worship John Tregidga will be at the meeting and may be able to enlighten the Waihi business community about the proposed change and clarify some niggling issues.

If you're a Waihi based business owner or manager you're urged to attend so that you are best equipped to decide whether you think the reduction for Waihi will have an adverse effect on your company.

The proposal is open for public comment so you are able to send a message to the decision makers of the Hauraki district if you wish to.

You'll learn more at the meeting. Please register if you are attending. Phone Brian on 863 9644 or email