Rate bills around Hamilton could be in for a change as councillors work out how to bring in enough money to balance the books. Targeted rates for certain parts of the city are an option, as is putting newcomers straight on to a capital-value rating system. Both are just ideas at the moment, chief executive Richard Briggs said - no decisions have been made.
FREE PARKING BEGINS
Free parking is coming to the central city. So don’t feed the meter if you’re parking in town next week - unless you stay for more than two hours. The city council’s new parking plan starts with the month of October and makes the first two hours of onstreet parking free. After that, though, each extra hour will cost $6, which you can pay at the parking meter. The parking plan is a nine-month trial and councillors will decide whether it continues in June 2018.
A long innings is coming to an end for Jeff Freeman. The Knighton Normal School principal is retiring at the end of this school termafter 43 years in education. Freeman traded the schoolyard for the cricket pitch, acting as president of Northern Districts Cricket and a director on the Grassroots Trust Board.