CCTV is well on its way

South Waikato News - - NEWS - By CAITLIN WAL­LACE

Busi­ness own­ers took a sneak peak at a CCTV cam­era and what they saw has ex­ceeded ex­pec­ta­tions.

The South Waikato Safer Com­mu­nity Coun­cil hosted a break­fast fundraiser for Toko­roa’s long-awaited CCTV ini­tia­tive.

Chair­man Gordon Blake hopes the $60,000 cam­eras will be put in place by the end of the year.

To achieve their goal the money fundraised will be matched by the South Waikato District Coun­cil. The morn­ing brought to­gether 10 busi­ness own­ers and as well as a de­li­cious bite to eat the guests were able to test out a cam­era.

The cam­era worth about $3000 was put on dis­play and TACS owner Mike Hutch­e­son ex­plained how it worked. As a pan tilt zoom cam­era ( PTZ), Hutch­e­son said it was an ‘‘in­tel­li­gent’’ piece of equip­ment.

‘‘They track as you turn, po­lice can sit there with a joy­stick.’’

Through all the tech­nol­ogy jar­gon, Hutch­e­son said the high­def­i­ni­tion cam­era was top of the line.

Guests ate from the Sweet Rose Cafe for the morn­ing but they had a look at the menu across the road as well.

‘‘You zoom in and you can look at the menu on Pock­ets . . . It’s quite cool,’’ Sweet Rose man­ager Lor­raine Young said.

As the first break­fast event for the Bridge St cafe, Young said it went well, de­spite the 7am start and gloomy weather

To end the morn­ing fun the early ris­ers had the op­por­tu­nity to ask Blake some ques­tions.

Noth­ing sur­prised the for­mer mayor but he said valid points were raised.

Blake said Toko­roa and Ti­rau i-Site man­ager Garry Brun­ton ques­tioned a pos­si­bil­ity of State High­way 1 cov­er­age.

‘‘We would get pretty ex­ten­sive on­go­ing cov­er­age in that way,’’ he said.

The idea was def­i­nitely a pos­si­bil­ity ac­cord­ing to Blake.

As well as the in-house dis­cus­sions, vis­its to Taupo and Ro­torua will con­trib­ute to the im­ple­men­ta­tion of the cam­era.

Blake said the visit to Taupo found the tech­nol­ogy has changed dra­mat­i­cally in the past two years.

Over­all the re­sponse was ‘‘ en­thu­si­as­tic’’ de­spite the ‘‘small­ish num­ber’’ of guests.

Spon­sored by lo­cal busi­nesses New World, An­chor Milk, Oto­bahn cof­fee and Mor­ris­seys the break­fast brought in about $300.

Future break­fast fundrais­ers are also be­ing dis­cussed.

Test­ing: Toko­roa’s TACS man­ager Mike Hutch­e­son tests out the lat­est CCTV cam­era.

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