Change with Tirau coffee man
If you’re into getting your morning coffee fix at a cafe in the South Waikato chances are you have Peter Schulte to thank.
The owner of Otobhan Coffee in Tirau, which roasts beans for many local and out of town cafes, is now wanting to fix the wider issues he believes Tirau faces.
He’s standing for the South Waikato District Council Tirau Ward seat in the upcoming local body elections.
Schulte, who moved to New Zealand from Germany in 1980 and who has lived in Tirau since 2001, said the main issues Tirau would face over the next three years were the impact of the Waikato Expressway, lack of green spaces and local services, and rising rates which he plans to address if elected.
‘‘We have noticed an increase in traffic of five to ten per cent since the Cambridge bypass opened and although the council has started to do a traffic management plan in my opinion it needs more input,’’ he said.
‘‘Traffic is only going to increase so there needs to be more focus on it and I want to help the councillors make wise decisions on what is going to happen.
‘‘The other thing in Tirau is we don’t have any green space besides the village green, a little skate park and a tennis court so
‘‘If I am elected...it will be the first time that Tirau has a fulltime councillor.’’ Peter Schulte
there is nothing for our young people.’’
‘‘I want to work with the Tirau Community Board to get the domain up and running and I also want to have a deeper look at how rates are set. Tirau has lost a lot of its services like green waste, rubbish, and the library over the last few years yet our rates have increased which does not make sense.’’
‘‘I am not against the council but I want to convey that these things needs to change and I would like to return some of the services we have lost.’’
Schulte, who is also a trained chef and the president of the Tirau Lions Club, formally owned Poppys Cafe and more recently Beanz and Machines which he sold so he could focus on the coffee bean roasting side of the business.
‘‘Because I have now sold Beanz and Machines if I am elected it gives me the freedom and time to put into the council and it will be the first time that Tirau has a fulltime councillor.’’ Family violence We had nine reports of family violence for the week and only one of those resulted in charges being laid.
Burglaries and thefts from vehicles
We had four burglaries for the week and five thefts from vehicles.
The majority of these have been carried out by opportunists.
I say this every week but the message remains the same. Lock away valuables. Drink driving We got three drink drivers on Saturday night in Tokoroa .
One of these people was in the lower range so they received a fine and 50 demerit points while the others face court.
*Senior Sergeant Jason Henderson
Otobhan Coffee’s Peter Schulte is standing for the South Waikato District Council’s Tirau Ward seat in the upcoming local body elections.