Staff go south
Three MatamataPiako District Council staff are heading to Christchurch to assist with relief efforts this week.
Building Control officers Doug Langlands and Daniel Kruger and district mayor Hugh Vercoe will fly to Christchurch.
Other council staff are on stand-by to offer assistance to the National Emergency effort in Christchurch.
Staff are volunteering to fill roles in several areas including civil defence, welfare, building inspection, water, waste, roading, and communication.
Mr Vercoe is chairman of the Waikato Civil Defence Emergency Management Group.