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.