Northern News : February 16th 2011
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It has meant re- engineering the projects and getting the priorities clearly focused. The council expects to save $1.7 million by reducing the cost of works at its Kerikeri water treatment plant from $1.95 million to $250,000. We re re-engineering the plant to work to its design intent and the raw water supply that s available to us. Savings of more than $2m will be made by reducing the cost of works at the Rawene plant from $2.3m to $250,000. Proposing realistic resource consent stand- ards and using natural solutions, such as worms to process waste into compost, will cut the cost of renewal works at sewage plants. There are opportun- ities with small-scale schemes to work with nature. The council expects to save $2.1m by cutting costs at its Kaikohe wastewater plant from $2.7m to $600,000. We ve re-engineered it to achieve as good a result if not better. District councillors were impressed by the savings. Di Maxwell said they were a result of council- lors directing staff to manage budgets in line with council income. She said 267 busi- nesses closed in the Far North last year and councillors had a res- ponsibility to keep rate increases below the rate of inflation. Every dollar we take out of the district is coming out of some poor bugger s pocket. System 'sucks', says mayor ' Because John's new to that level of local government, I think Wayne would have an advantage over him. Wayne has a reputation for being very straight and a sharpshooter. At times you need that. ' Whangarei deputy mayor Phil Halse By RICHARD EDMONDSON The whole thing sucks. That is Far North mayor Wayne Brown s reaction to news that Northland Regional Council deputy chairman John Bain will represent Northlanders at Local Government New Zea- land. Mr Bain was elected to the lobby group s national council earlier this month under an electoral system that allocates votes to mem- ber councils according to the size of their Local Government New Zea- land subscription. He is the only member of Local Government New Zealand s council who is not a mayor or the chairperson of a regional council. But Mr Brown is call- ing the result undemo- cratic. He says Kaipara and Whangarei mayors voted for him to represent Northland on the coun- cil. Instead, Mr Bain was elected after the other zone one councils -- Northland and Auckland -- voted against the three district councils. Mr Brown says the regional council went against a mayoral forum resolution, which the council s forum represen- tative supported, seeking the withdrawal of Mr Bain s nomination. He doesn t understand why the Auckland Coun- cil has a say on who rep- resents Northland and is angry that Local Govern- ment New Zealand changed its election rules without informing councils. Attempts to clarify the matter have resulted in conflicting legal opin- ions, leaving Mr Brown and Far North district councillors disillusioned with Local Government New Zealand. There are so many questions. It s not a good result. They ve learned that those two sticking together can defeat everything up here. Kaipara mayor Neil Tiller is concerned that Mr Bain is not a member of the mayoral forum. We wanted somebody who was on the forum as our representative, so they can feed straight back into the forum. This can t happen now. Whangarei deputy mayor Phil Halse says Mr Brown s leadership experience made him a stronger candidate than Mr Bain. Because John s new to that level of local gov- ernment, I think Wayne would have an advan- tage over him. Wayne has a repu- tation for being very straight and a sharp- shooter. At times you need that. Mr Bain rejects claims that not being a member of the mayoral forum prevents him from keep- ing Northland s leaders informed of Local Gov- ernment New Zealand matters. There are methods and places to do all that. He is capable of being as forceful as Mr Brown. Perhaps we don t go about things in the same way, but the results I ve achieved at various times have been quite substantial.
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