Will Ti­rau go into Mata­mata-Pi­ako?

Matamata Chronicle - - Front Page - By PET­RICE TAR­RANT AND CAITLIN WAL­LACE

A sup­posed ‘‘threat’’ from a Ti­rau coun­cil­lor to move the town un­der the Mata­mata- Pi­ako Dis­trict Coun­cil area has an­gered South Waikato mayor Neil Sin­clair.

The dis­pute fol­lowed the re­lease of a pro­posal to merge the South Waikato dis­trict’s three wards into two and in the process lose the Ti­rau Com­mu­nity Board (TCB).

The pro­posal, put for­ward for the 2016 rep­re­sen­ta­tion re­view, would see Ti­rau and Pu­taruru form part of the new ‘‘North’’ ward while the South would con­sist of Toko­roa.

Ti­rau ward coun­cil­lor Terry Mag­ill wasted no time sub­mit­ting on the con­tro­ver­sial changes, stat­ing that the best step for­ward would be to re­tain the same num­ber of wards, coun­cil­lors and com­mu­nity boards.

Sin­clair said he was shocked by the threat that the ‘‘public dis­quiet’’ around Ti­rau’s se­ces­sion from the dis­trict would only be soft­ened if the coun­cil ac­cepted its sub­mis­sion points.

‘‘ I al­ways re­garded Ti­rau as part of the dis­trict so I was per­turbed that some­body would make the threat that ‘if you don’t do what we want we will move’.

‘‘That makes my role as mayor ter­ri­bly hard to op­er­ate un­der the con­cept of hav­ing the threat there.

‘‘Do you make the right de­ci­sion be­cause it’s a threat or be­cause


Janette Wills from Mata­mata re­ceiv­ing her Of­fi­cer of the New Zealand Or­der of Merit medal for ser­vices to the beef in­dus­try from the Gover­nor-Gen­eral Sir Jerry Mateparae on May 20.

Jan Barnes

Neil Sin­clair

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