Year end­ing on a high

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Christ­mas is a time for us to get to­gether, re­flect on the year gone by and cel­e­brate the New Year.

It’s also a great time to re­view how much we have achieved as a dis­trict and what the fu­ture holds for us.

Work on the dis­trict’s 10 year plan (Long Term Plan- LTP) is well un­der way. We’re con­tin­u­ing to fo­cus on the pre­dicted growth in our com­mu­ni­ties and how we can en­cour­age this, while main­tain­ing ser­vices and keep­ing rates in­creases to a min­i­mum. The com­mu­nity con­sul­ta­tion on the LTP gets un­der way early next year.

We want you to be in­volved; we want to hear from you and to en­gage with the coun­cil on your vi­sion for the fu­ture of the dis­trict.

We want your feed­back and sub­mis­sions. 2015 will be a year of op­por­tu­nity for Waikato Dis­trict and I com­mit to work­ing with you to seize those op­por­tu­ni­ties.

My May­oral role brings the plea­sure of at­tend­ing many lo­cal func­tions and I be­lieve the di­verse peo­ple that make up our dis­trict are its great­est strength. I get great en­joy­ment from com­mu­nity events in­clud­ing fes­tive cel­e­bra­tions such as our lo­cal Christ­mas Pa­rades. It’s great to see fam­i­lies and vis­i­tors to­gether in our towns.

There is an in­flux of vis­i­tors to our com­mu­ni­ties over the sum­mer pe­riod en­joy­ing what the Waikato Dis­trict has to of­fer. A spe­cial wel­come to all our vis­i­tors and those who have come to be with their fam­i­lies, I hope you have a won­der­ful time.

While sum­mer for many of us is about hol­i­days and re­lax­ation, there is still a large num­ber of peo­ple work­ing to en­sure es­sen­tial ser­vices run smoothly.

Surf life­sav­ing teams will be en­sur­ing the safety of your fam­ily at beaches, but it re­mains a busy time for coun­cil staff at our li­braries, as well as those on duty in our an­i­mal con­trol, noise con­trol, road and wa­ters teams. Our sin­cere thanks to them con­tin­u­ing to pro­vide those ser­vices over the hol­i­day pe­riod.

Wa­ter is our big­gest chal­lenge over the sum­mer months and I urge all of you to be wa­ter­con­scious this sum­mer, par­ticu- larly those in ar­eas such as Po­keno and Tuakau where re­stric­tions have tra­di­tion­ally come early. Ev­ery­one has a part to play in con­serv­ing wa­ter and if we all make a few sim­ple changes we can make a big dif­fer­ence.

Christ­mas is also a time when we should think about oth­ers and show com­pas­sion for those in the com­mu­nity who might be strug­gling. Reach out to those who may be lonely and keep an eye on your neigh­bours and the el­derly this hol­i­day sea­son.

It’s also im­por­tant we look after our­selves. The roads are busy and Christ­mas cel­e­bra­tions are hap­pen­ing ev­ery­where, be safe and en­joy the fes­tive sea­son re­spon­si­bly.

What­ever you are do­ing this hol­i­day sea­son may you and your fam­ily en­joy a safe and happy Christ­mas and new year. Make sure you read the lat­est Link news­let­ter for Christ­mas- New Year hours and how your coun­cil­lors are plan­ning to en­joy the hol­i­day sea­son.

I look for­ward to 2015 and another great year in the Waikato Dis­trict.

Al­lan San­son Waikato Dis­trict Mayor

Al­lan San­son

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