Will Tirau go into Matamata-Piako?
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.