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.
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