Wairarapa News : February 6th 2013
www.wairarapanews.co.nz WEDNESDAY, FEBRUARY 6, 2013 Buying a HOME? Need a LOAN? For a great deal, tailored to you, call WBS Wairarapa's Home Loan Specialists phone 06 370 0070 4013006BI DR WHO MYSTERY Harley St pupils hold key 3 SAFETY FIRST Quad bike frame could save lives 16 FUNDRAISER Friends rally for Stu Smith 13 By PIERS FULLER Swimmers told to wait after rain CONTINUED Page 2 With the hottest and driest Janu- ary on record behind us, it still pays to keep an eye on water qual- ity at popular swimming spots around inland Wairarapa. The recent rain has flushed the rivers, which may have dealt to the toxic algae. But swimmers are warned to keep out of waterways for a couple of days after rain. Greater Wellington Regional Council monitors 12 different sites weekly on Wairarapa rivers over the summer, grading them very good through to poor . Water quality at many places has remained good or very good in the Waingawa, Waiohine and the upper reaches of the Ruamahanga throughout January, but Master- ton s waste water discharge has degraded the water quality down river from Homebush. The closest monitoring point south of the dis- charge point, The Cliffs , at Feedback prompts move By WALT DICKSON After several months of telling ratepayers that they cannot pre- dict the financial costs of a Wai- rarapa Unitary Authority, the three councils have commissioned a report to look at the viability of the preferred option. The report has been com- missioned as a result of some of the feedback that the councils have had from residents, said a council official. The report is expected to be com- pleted by the end of February with results made public in March. Wellington-based consultancy firm Martin Jenkins is carrying out the assessment at a cost of $51,000. The Jenkins report is in addition to the $360,000 already spent by the three councils on the Wairarapa governance review since work began in 2011. The first round of feedback on the future governance of Wai- rarapa closed on Monday with a working party comprising rep- resentatives from Masterton, Car- terton and South Wairarapa dis- trict councils backing a unitary authority. Despite calls to slow down the process, mayors of the three coun- cils said they have no option other than to press on with their governance review work. The reason, they say, is that a regional working party had already announced its application for a region-wide super-council would be ready to submit to the Local Government Commission in April. In a joint statement last week Wairarapa mayors Adrienne Sta- ples, Ron Mark and Garry Daniell said it would be irresponsible for the Councils Working Party to just sit on its hands and leave Wairarapa s fate in the hands of others. Wairarapa needed to work quickly to ensure alternative options were researched and con- sidered by the public, so they could be submitted within the commission s 20-day time frame. Many people do not seem to understand that the wording of the Local Government Act gives us virtually no control over the timing, the statement said. Monday s feedback deadline was not the end of the consul- tation process. There s a long way to go yet. As while there is pressure on the Wairarapa councils to meet any deadlines imposed by an expected application for a super-city, there will still be further consultation with the public . The Local Government Com- mission is required by law to con- sult with the public after propos- als are submitted to the commission and before any final re-organisation scheme is deter- mined. There is also the oppor- tunity for a poll on the Local Gov- ernment Commission s preferred proposal if sufficient people pet- ition for a poll. Rail trail-blazers dress to impress Cycle train: Riders and their passengers set off on the Greytown Woodside Trail after it was officially opened on Sunday. Best dressed: Ian Daniel won a prize for best bike with his authentic vintage penny farthing. The Greytown-Woodside Trail was officially opened in style on Sunday. Vintage penny farthing cycles, tandems and old-fashioned bikes were all part of the procession that made their way along the new trail from Woodside Station to town. Many participants were dressed in early 20th century regalia for the weekend s Tweed Run. South Wairarapa Mayor Adrienne Sta- ples was in full costume along with members of the Greytown Trails Trust. The trail heads along the path of the historic rail line from the station into Greytown. The trust plans to extend the cycle trail. See the Wairarapa News Facebook page for more photos.
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