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This week we have columns from re­gional coun­cil rep­re­sen­ta­tives giv­ing read­ers an in­sight into the Waikato Re­gional Coun­cil’s goals and work in 2017. Chair­man Alan Liv­ingston is rightly sug­gest­ing the next six months will be a good time to lobby politi­cians as we head to­wards a gen­eral elec­tion. It will be a time when in­cum­bent MPs will start talk­ing about what they’ve achieved and those chal­leng­ing for po­si­tions be­gin talk­ing about how we could make New Zealand a bet­ter place to work and live. The pre-elec­tion pe­riod will cer­tainly be a good time for the Waikato to lobby those in the cap­i­tal about what the re­gion needs to grow fur­ther into the fu­ture. Read more on page 6, Con­ver­sa­tions. On page 13, in our Ru­ral De­liv­ery sec­tion, re­gional coun­cil­lor for Wai­hou, Hugh Ver­coe, speaks about the re­gional coun­cil’s an­nual plan tasks, and how it can do more for peo­ple without in­creas­ing rates. Healthy Rivers, mo­tor­ways and hous­ing will im­pact on the re­gional coun­cil’s work this year.

Lawrence Gullery

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