Rus­tic cor­ru­gated toi­lets open in Ti­rau

South Waikato News - - Motoring - SOUTH WAIKATO DISTRICT COUN­CIL

Ti­rau toi­let-go­ers will be re­lieved to hear that the Ti­rau Out­house is open and ready for busi­ness.

The Ti­rau Com­mu­nity Board (TCB) came up with the idea for an ‘out­house’ look and feel and the South Waikato District Coun­cil con­tracted Cor­ru­gated Cre­ations to carry out the de­sign and build it in Hill­crest St.

‘‘We wanted some­thing fun and fresh, and com­pletely dif­fer­ent that re­flected our town’s unique­ness,’’ Cor­ru­gated Cre­ation’s Sh­eryn Cloth­ier said.

‘‘It’s a real credit to the TCB and the coun­cil for get­ting be­hind this project and sup­port­ing some­thing so unique.’’

One of the dis­tinc­tive fea­tures of the Ti­rau Out­house is the photo op­por­tu­nity that al­lows peo­ple to snap a pic­ture on the loo reading the pa­per without get­ting wiped out by traf­fic.

‘‘We’ve no­ticed over the years that when peo­ple pass through Ti­rau they of course want to take a photo with the dog, sheep and the ram but that they’d go out onto the high­way to do this. We wanted to give peo­ple the op­por­tu­nity to take a photo with the out­house without putting them­selves in harm’s way,’’ Cloth­ier said.

Sit­ting atop the out­house is a cor­ru­gated kereru (wood pi­geon) which pays homage to the kereru that would fre­quent the area many years ago to feast on the cab­bage trees found in Ti­rau and for which Ti­rau was named af­ter.

Also included in the de­sign is rusted cor­ru­gated iron but users need not break into a sweat over the struc­tural sound­ness of the build­ing as this is all part of the fa­cade. The build­ing it­self is hid­den be­neath all the de­sign work.

‘‘We’ve been talk­ing about a toi­let at the top of the hill for years and it’s great to see such an iconic loo de­vel­oped,’’ mayor Jenny Shat­tock said.

‘‘We’ve had re­ally good feed­back from vis­i­tors and lo­cals.’’

The new toi­lets are likely to also have an im­pact on the Coun­cil Per­cep­tion Mon­i­tor sur­vey which is con­ducted four times a year to iden­tify trends on how the com­mu­nity per­ceives the coun­cil and the ser­vices it de­liv­ers.

One of the ser­vices mon­i­tored is pub­lic toi­lets and the lat­est fig­ures from a smaller April sur­vey shows 59 per cent were sat­is­fied with South Waikato pub­lic toi­let fa­cil­i­ties.

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The new rus­tic pub­lic toi­lets in Ti­rau have opened.

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