South Waikato News - - FEATURE -

Au­gust 1, 2012 ‘‘Talk to your chil­dren’’ Last year Chief Coro­ner Judge Neil MacLean re­leased na­tional statis­tics on sui­cide.

The data showed the num­ber of New Zealan­ders tak­ing their own lives had re­mained steady since 2007, around 540 deaths a year. By com­par­i­son, 375 peo­ple died on New Zealand’s roads last year.

Coro­ner MacLean ex­pressed his con­cern with the sui­cide toll and ac­knowl­edged that what was be­ing done was not work­ing.

‘‘The sui­cide toll is a really con­cern­ing com­men­tary on our so­ci­ety, and I be­lieve any­thing we can do to aid more ac­cu­rate in­for­ma­tion can only be for the bet­ter,’’ Judge MacLean said. Au­gust 8, 2012 Whaea Amy era end­ing It is be­ing de­scribed as an end of an era. Whaea Amy Awa­tere has called time on teach­ing at Toko­roa In­ter­me­di­ate and is mov­ing to be with her fam­ily.

The Toko­roa stal­wart has been a driv­ing force be­hind the use of te reo Maori for decades, en­cour­ag­ing many in the South Waikato to learn the lan­guage.

She moved to Toko­roa at the age of 16. Now, at 67, she is leav­ing to be closer to fam­ily who live in Queens­land. Au­gust 15, 2012 Nepo­tism claims ‘‘ob­scene’’ – Mayor South Waikato District Mayor Neil Sin­clair wants to end a ratepayer-funded May­oral Schol­ar­ship val­ued at $15,000.

Dur­ing last week’s coun­cil meet­ing, Mr Sin­clair handed a no­tice of mo­tion to chief ex­ec­u­tive David Hall sug­gest­ing that the coun­cil re­view the May­oral Schol­ar­ship with a view to re­mov­ing fund­ing for the schol­ar­ships for 2012 and 2013.

Mr Sin­clair was dis­tressed by an ar­ti­cle in the South Waikato News.

The Au­gust 1 ar­ti­cle was a report of a com­mu­nity and as­sets com­mit­tee meet­ing where the the schol­ar­ship was dis­cussed af­ter the com­mu­nity raised con­cerns about past and cur­rent re­cip­i­ents be­ing re­lated to coun­cil staff and elected mem­bers. It was sug­gested dur­ing the meet­ing that an ex­ter­nal ad­viser be in­volved in the process.

One mother of a stu­dent who did not meet the re­quire­ments, raised her con­cerns with coun­cil and spoke with South Waikato News. Au­gust 22, 2012 $380,230 breach A High Court judge has ruled that South Wai kato District Coun­cil breached a pre­lim­i­nary con­tract when award­ing a ten­der and should pay the un­suc­cess­ful com­pany $380,230 in­clud­ing GST in dam­ages.

Road­ing and As­phalt Ltd sued in the High Court in Hamil­ton af­ter com­plain­ing the coun­cil had breached its terms of ten­der when award­ing a waste dis­posal con­tract.

In 2010, the coun­cil in­vited ten­ders for solid waste dis­posal in Toko­roa.

The terms of ten­der were split into two stages, the first be­ing as­sessed against six non-price at­tributes, on a pass or fail ba­sis – rel­e­vant ex­pe­ri­ence, track record, tech­ni­cal skills, re­sources, man­age­ment skills and method­ol­ogy. At the sec­ond and fi­nal stage, any ten­ders that qual­i­fied were to be rated ac­cord­ing to price.

Terms of ten­der made it clear that the coun­cil did not com­mit it­self to ac­cept­ing the low­est or any qual­i­fy­ing ten­der.

Two ten­ders reached the fi­nal stage, Road­ing and As­phalt Ltd (RAL) and Ma­te­ri­als and Pro­cess­ing Ltd (MPL), which held the con­tract to trans­port resid­ual waste from Pu­taruru to Toko­roa.

The RAL ten­der was $40,000 less than the MPL ten­der. How­ever, based on its ser­vice man­ager’s rec­om­men­da­tions, the coun­cil found that the cost to the coun­cil of MPL’s bid was less than RAL’s. Au­gust 29, 2012 Who dumped oil in lake? A pos­si­ble diesel or oil spill that seeped into a feeder stream at the south­ern tip of Lake MoanaNui last week joins a list of on­go­ing is­sues with pol­lu­tion.

The slick was dis­cov­ered by Toko­roa man Bob Tal­bot while on a rou­tine walk.

He no­ti­fied the Waikato Re­gional Coun­cil and the South Waikato District Coun­cil.

Mr Tal­bot praised the swift ef­forts of both coun­cils.

‘‘It is an on­go­ing prob­lem with pol­lu­tion coming down the stream,’’ he said. ‘‘They think it was diesel. ‘‘It was most likely that some­body tipped it down the stormwa­ter drain on Tainui St and it has made its way into feeder stream at the top of Lake Moana-Nui.’’

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