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Press Release Oct 2018

Press release Wanganui Ratepayers Association Newsletter October 2018 The full board of the Wanganui Ratepayers Association held its bi monthly meeting in October. The main issues discussed were: Whanganui and Partners: In a press release on October the 5th it was reported that a series of workshops were to be...

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How the average rates have changed in Whanganui

Below is set out how residential rates have changed under Annette Main’s stewardship as Mayor. Suburb 2010/11 2016/17 % increase Aramoho $1,677 $2,174 29.6% Castlecliff $1,604 $2,108 31.4% Central City $1,894 $2,378 25.6% Durie/Bastia/Putiki $1,881 $2,798 48.4% Springvale $1,948 $2,778 42.6% St Johns Hill $2,163 $3,134 44.9% Whanganui East $1,736...

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Govt. to support Whanganui Port revitalisation

Economic Development Minister Steven Joyce today announced the Government will invest $500,000 in partnership with the Whanganui District Council to develop a comprehensive plan to revitalise the Whanganui Port Precinct. The plan will form the blueprint for a new marine services centre, an expanded boat-building industry and visitor services and...

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Art Gallery

Future of the Art Gallery

The Sarjeant Galley Te Whare o Rehua Whanganui, in Queens Park, is temporarily closed for earthquake strengthening and a major redevelopment project. This building was constructed in 1919, largely of unreinforced masonry, and is rated at only 5% of the current new building code. The relocation is part of a...

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Wastewater independent inquiry head appointed

Whanganui District Council – 6 July 2016 Whanganui District Council chief executive Kym Fell has announced the appointment of Robert Domm to head the independent inquiry into the failed wastewater treatment plant. At a public workshop on Monday, the council agreed to proceed with an independent inquiry to ensure that...

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Rates Revolt2


If the District Council continues its “We know what’s best for YOU stance” there is every chance a rates revolt could occur when the ratepayers realise that they are in the gun for unnecessary rates of $79million spread over 25 years.  This is the difference in loan servicing charges between...

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Demise of our City

Brilliant letter from Ian Harrex which sums up the WWTP Fiasco My earlier letter disclosed how Seawater was being pumped into the Waste Water Treatment Plant for an extended period. At the Ratepayers Association meeting disclosures of the procurement process, followed by installation of the Aerators in the plant extends...

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Wet Industries

Major Industries turn their backs on Plant.

  Fantastic item by John Maslin in the Wanganui Chronicle Whanganui’s biggest trade waste discharger has told the district council it will not use the planned $42 million wastewater scheme. In a letter to councillors, Affco plant manager Troy Lambly said the company “can state emphatically” it will not be...

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Council Job Cuts

Saturday’s front page headline  “Top council jobs cut”  also proclaims “$1million-plus in savings”. Whilst it is great that the recently appointed CEO is making a start on one of the tasks he was appointed to do, the extent of the possible savings in personnel costs equates to only $350,000 a...

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