Change with Ti­rau cof­fee man

South Waikato News - - Your Paper, Your Place - LUKE KIRKEBY

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

PHOTO: SUP­PLIED

Otob­han Cof­fee’s Peter Schulte is stand­ing for the South Waikato District Coun­cil’s Ti­rau Ward seat in the up­com­ing lo­cal body elec­tions.

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