PAULA'S BLOG

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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When Mayor King proposed the consideration of a 12% rates increase within months of being elected the people of Hamilton reacted with alarm. No one likes rates increases especially unexpected rates hikes. However, the truth is ratepayers and citizens have some big decisions ...
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The HALO Project

September 28, 2016
The Halo Project was established 8 years ago by John Innes, Kevin Collins and I with the objective of improving our biodiversity here in Hamilton. John believed, quite rightly as we have seen, that we would be able to bring Tui back to the city if we introduced effective pes...
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Rates and Affordability

September 13, 2016
Rates are always a tough issue; who should pay and how much? I am a strong believer that every dollar the council spends is a dollar that we have collected from our constituents, and we should treat it as such. Spending and investment should be supported by thorough business...
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