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New play­ground

Hamil­ton's new­est Des­ti­na­tion Play­ground opens soon in the city's north­east. The Hare Puke Park Des­ti­na­tion Play­ground will be opened at 2pm on Tues­day, July 10. Con­struc­tion be­gan in March. The play­ground fea­tures play equip­ment not seen in other Hamil­ton parks, as well as a new art­work by lo­cal artist Jeremy Shirley. The play­ground, which in­cludes a new toi­let block and land­scap­ing, cost $1 mil­lion, of which $245,000 was con­trib­uted by ex­ter­nal fun­ders — the Vi­brant Hamil­ton Trust and WEL En­ergy Trust.

Ru­ral speed lim­its

Waikato Re­gional Trans­port Com­mit­tee is seeking gov­ern­ment sup­port to re­duce the speed limit on Waikato ru­ral roads from 100km/h to 80-90km/h. Com­mit­tee chair­man Hugh Ver­coe has writ­ten to Associate Min­is­ter of Trans­port Julie Anne Gen­ter, ask­ing the Gov­ern­ment to act quickly to bring the nec­es­sary changes that will al­low coun­cils to more eas­ily change their speed lim­its as part of ef­forts to re­duce deaths on Waikato roads.

Ratepay­ers meet

Hamil­ton Res­i­dents Ratepay­ers As­so­ci­a­tion is hold­ing its monthly meet­ing at the Cel­e­brat­ing Age Cen­tre, 30 Vic­to­ria St, Hamil­ton, this Satur­day, June 30 from 10am un­til 12 noon. Hamil­ton city coun­cil­lors have been in­vited to speak on why they voted for the city's 10 Year Plan. All pub­lic are wel­come. $2 door charge. In­quiries: phone 8477405.


Just be­fore this pa­per went to press yes­ter­day Hamil­ton city coun­cil­lors re­ceived a draft opin­ion from Au­dit New Zealand on its in­ves­ti­ga­tion into HCC'S process to buy and hold build­ings on Vic­to­ria Street for a city park ex­pan­sion. Some coun­cil­lors had been con­cerned they would be ex­pected to make a fi­nal de­ci­sion on a new 10-year plan with­out know­ing the au­dit out­come and asked for an up­date. At the start of yes­ter­day's meet­ing gen­eral man­ager Sean Hickey dis­trib­uted a draft opin­ion from the Au­di­tor Gen­eral to coun­cil­lors. How­ever, it was not due to be avail­able to me­dia or the pub­lic un­til the mat­ter came up in the agenda later yes­ter­day. He said Au­dit New Zealand will pro­vide its for­mal re­port on the is­sue af­ter the adop­tion of the 10-year plan. HCC chief ex­ec­u­tive Richard Briggs had asked Au­dit NZ to re­view the process af­ter he con­tacted only two of 36 prop­erty own­ers af­fected by the park ex­pan­sion pro­posal. ■ Ear­lier re­port, page 4

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