Northern News : January 16th 2013
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Editor Keri Molloy Ph 09 407 0050/09 405 2040 email: firstname.lastname@example.org Sports Jan Salmon Ph 09 407 0363 email: email@example.com Northern Regional Manager Lynne Popham Ph 09 405 2744 Kaikohe Ph 09 407 0361 Kerikeri email: firstname.lastname@example.org Advertising Craig Williams Ph 021 119 4043 email: email@example.com Classifieds Free ph 0800 022 812 Free fax 0800 022 815 email: firstname.lastname@example.org or 09 405 2040 email: email@example.com 12,197 Audited Circulation (ABC for 12mths to 31 Dec 11) Delivered (each Wednesday) to Kaikohe, Okaihau, Ohaeawai, Moerewa, South and North Hokianga and Kaitaia. Rural areas include: Awanui RD 1. Kaikohe RD 1, 2, 3. Kaitaia RD 1, 2, 3(part), 4. Kawakawa RD 1, 2, 3. Kohukohu RD 1. Broadwood RD 2. Kohukohu RD 2. Okaihau RD 1, 2. Russell RD. Kaikohe Office: 60 Broadway, Kaikohe. P.O. Box 1, Kaikohe. Ph 09 405 2040 Fax 09 401 2129 Kerikeri Office: 93 Kerikeri Rd, Kerikeri. P.O. Box 392, Kerikeri. Ph 09 407 0050 Fax 09 407 0369 www.northernnews.co.nz Reporter Hamish MacLean Ph 09 407 0050/09 407 0368 email: firstname.lastname@example.org Building dangerous FROM Page 1 Hotel no more: The Kaikohe Hotel's five occupants were evicted last week and council shuttered the dangerous building -- as a result of compliance issues, ongoing since 2006. It warned Cameron Enterpr- ises when it issued a notice to fix in July 2011 that they needed to apply for a building consent and provide a fire safety report.'' Mr Edmondson says the council repeated its request in July 2012, but still hadn't received a valid building con- sent application, fire report or current building warrant of fitness when it served Building Act notices on Sum- mers and Cameron Enterpr- ises in November. Mr Edmondson says the council is required to ensure the building is safe for occupants. The Fire Service inspected the building and described it as dangerous. Councils dispute information By KERI MOLLOY Information provided by the Far North District Council in its application to become a unitary authority is wrong say Whangarei District Council staff. But Far North Mayor Wayne Brown is standing firm. A letter from Whangarei chief executive Mark Simpson and support services manager Alan Adcock to all Whangarei councillors, accuses the Far North council of including inaccurate information in its application to the Local Gov- ernment Commission. Their application makes a number of references to WDC that we have concerns about; including our position on local government reform and our debt profile.'' It picks out a paragraph, reading, FNDC wishes to be frugal and to minimise debt levels while WDC has a desire to increase its debt levels to build a number of community projects such as the Hunder- twasser Arts Centre and the Hatea River Bridge crossing'. The letter says Whangarei's 2012-22 Long Term Plan has the council's debt remaining level, not increasing. Of more concern, they say, is a statement in the appli- cation that FNDC has worked collaboratively with the Whangarei District Council to develop a regional structure that recognises two unitary authorities that will continue to collaborate to deliver a number of shared services and initiatives. They say this is wrong. Council resolved in October that staff should work with all elected members to identify options for more detailed analysis, with public consul- tation and a report back to council for approval. No work has--orwillbe--doneona submission until that consul- tation is complete,'' they say. Mayor Wayne Brown last week refuted all points. With regard to the debt, the Whangarei District Coun- cil debt has risen dramatically over the past three to four years and officials have stated they want to carry on with projects such as the Hunder- twasser building and the Hatea Drive bridge, in spite of the downturn -- whereas my council has deferred a number of projects and paid back some debt. We have been working with Whangarei's elected officials since Stan Semenoff's mayor- alty and subsequently met with Minister Nick Smith and the current mayor of Whangarei, who has suppor- ted our application. I have a letter to that effect. Plus we have addressed, on formal occasions, the Whangarei council and elected officials have given us full support -- though their staff may not have,'' Mr Brown said. The Whangarei District Council says that a letter of support for process of reviewing the sector and seek- ing efficiencies and improve- ments is not an indicator of support for or opposition to any application by Far North District Council'.
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