Year ending on a high
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