PAULA'S BLOG

Why should cities care about bats, or bugs, or bush?

 It's simple. Without cities actively working to protect and enhance natural treasures and biodiversity in NZ, our extinction rates will remain high and the permanent loss of natural resources will occur. I was asked to speak at the launch of conservation week. I'm glad...
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Paula ponders Plastic!

July 30, 2018

The challenge of the nearly Plastic Free July!

Over the last month I've been thinking a lot about plastic. Mainly how to avoid it. Taking on the challenge of Plastic Free July. I knew I would not be able to avoid all plastic, but I was going to do my best to reduce the amount I bought or brought home. And how did I do? N...
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What does Local Government mean by Localism?

"Public services should be provided by the sphere of government which is as close as possible to the people". In other words LOCAL councils should be able to  better provide what their communities need and want. Putting people at the centre of decision making on service...
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I'm not happy with the final rates burden or how we got here. I'm not happy about a number of key priorities of this plan or the process. But, I fully understand the financial pressures of our City. I fully understand the need for growth (new homes), for a looking after...
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26% of Hamiltonian's live in the most deprived areas of the city and 17% live in the least deprived areas according to the Waikato Plan report on Socio Economic deprivation in the Waikato. (link at end of blog) Housing, health, education, employment and crime are all issues ...
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Long Term Plan Update

June 2, 2018
No one likes rates increases AND especially it they don't feel like they get good value for money.  While rates are required to run a functioning city, to provide services and facilities for a growing city they must be used wisely and must be fair. The debate on Hamilto...
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With the opposing strong views and criticism around City Finances it is no surprise if you are confused or, concerned about the City finances. I am very disappointed about them too. I do not want to burden ratepayers today or in the future with unnecessary rates increases. I...
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Why your views matter!

BIG rates and BIG projects are planned and I have some big concerns.  The Long Term Plan is out and is a blueprint for the city for the next 10 years and is reviewed every 3 years.  http://www.hamilton.govt.nz/ou....Things have changed since the 2012-2020 Plan.&nbs...
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The big rates rise of 18%, proposed in Mayor King’s Long Term Plan budget, has certainly alarmed ratepayers. Quite rightly, Ratepayers are demanding answers as to how we got into this mess – myself included!  The public are confused with so many different points of ...
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Ratepayers are confused and unhappy, and why wouldn't they be? On the one had they are told that we are using debt to run  everyday Council business, and that we need to aggressively grow our City to provide new homes. Another  message is that there is little mone...
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