PO­LICE

Matamata Chronicle - - News -

A dairy was robbed. Po­lice in­quiries are con­tin­u­ing.

There has been a spate of fruit crate thefts. 126 crates, which are a very spe­cialised item, have been stolen in Mata­mata. In­quiries are con­tin­u­ing at a dis­trict level, as the same thing is hap­pen­ing in Mor­rinsville. it’s the right de­ci­sion?’’

But in his sub­mis­sion, which matched that of the TCB, Mag­ill said he only high­lighted the fact that many res­i­dents had ap­proached him and ques­tioned whether the town would be bet­ter off un­der the MatamataPiako Dis­trict Coun­cil.

‘‘I feel it is my duty to let the coun­cil know that ... it should in no way be con­sid­ered a threat, that’s school­boy backyard stuff.’’

The for­mer Mata­mata-Pi­ako Dis­trict coun­cil­lor who, in 1989, took a dep­u­ta­tion to Welling­ton to get Ti­rau taken back into the Mata­mata dis­trict, said he didn’t know if it would be in the best in­ter­est of Ti­rau to go with Mata­mata-Pi­ako.

He said the core of his sub­mis­sion was about en­sur­ing strong rep­re­sen­ta­tion for Ti­rau in the fu­ture.

‘‘They [the mayor and chief ex­ec­u­tive] seemed to be more con­cerned about this se­ces­sion is­sue than the other three points.’’

He ral­lied more than 100 res­i­dents to a public meet­ing in Ti­rau last Tues­day where swear­ing and yelling were strong con­tenders.

An­gry res­i­dents said the town didn’t get the at­ten­tion it de­served from the coun­cil, and ex­pla­na­tions by the mayor and chief ex­ec­u­tive were de­scribed in strong deroga­tory terms.

One res­i­dent who wished to re­main anony­mous, said the town needed some­one like Mag­ill.

He said he wouldn’t have known about the meet­ing had it not been for the in­de­pen­dent let- ter Mag­ill sent to all res­i­dents.

Mag­ill said the role of the ward coun­cil­lor and TCB were vi­tal.

‘‘I feel quite pas­sion­ate that there will be a loss of democ­racy in the north of the dis­trict [if the plan goes ahead].’’

Sin­clair said it did not seem as if Mag­ill’s sub­mis­sion was well thought out.

‘‘In the let­ter where he says that ... ‘we’re be­ing shafted by our Toko­roa cousins’, [that] is per­turb­ing to me par­tic­u­larly when the coun­cil I have led and the six Toko­roa coun­cil­lors ac­cepted the con­cept of har­mon­i­sa­tion of our rates which has meant $399,103 has been put into the Ti­rau com­mu­nity to har­monise wa­ter sew­er­age and hall rates.’’

Ev­ery­one in the dis­trict pays $291 for that but the real cost for Ti­rau would be about $667, he said.

‘‘So the con­cept that the rest of the dis­trict doesn’t care for Ti­rau, I find it quite in­sult­ing.’’

Mata­mata-Pi­ako mayor Jan Barnes said she had had no for­mal dis­cus­sions around the in­clu­sion of Ti­rau into her dis­trict.

She said her dis­trict had ex­pe­ri­enced a rep­re­sen­ta­tion re­view be­fore and knew of the strug­gles.

But with the ‘‘ele­phant in the room’’ that is lo­cal gov­ern­ment re­struc­ture, her only ad­vice to Ti­rau was to be care­ful.

‘‘You may get some­thing you don’t want.’’

South Waikato res­i­dents have un­til next Mon­day to get their sub­mis­sions in. De­lib­er­a­tions, which Mag­ill will be ex­cluded from, will take place on June 25.

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