Mayoral News

Published: 04 May 2017

‘From the Mayor’s Desk
Waimate District Council News
Wednesday 3 May 2017

Anzac Day Commemorations
It was great to see the huge turnout at this year’s Anzac Day services around the district. The Mayoress and I took the opportunity with Cr Jakki Guilford to attend Hakataramea’s Dawn Service this year, then the very popular 10.00am Civic Service held for the first time at the Waimate Event Centre. Congratulations to the organisers of all the services around our District for their time and effort in arranging these services for our communities.

Do you own a spa pool, hot tub or swimming pool?
Council staff are endeavouring to make contact with owners of spa pools, hot tubs and swimming pools within the Waimate district. This is a direct result of the recent changes to central legislation which requires owners to register their pools. I would suggest that if you do own a spa, tub or pool that you contact Council staff to find out exactly what your obligations are. In this new age of health and safety regulations it is really important that as owners you understand what the new requirements are to ensure that you are not placing yourself at risk by not complying. There is a legal obligation for you to be on the Council register, so please ensure that you contact us to register your pool.


Warrants of Fitness
Many buildings throughout the district are required to issue and provide their Building Warrants of Fitness to Council on an annual basis.  Staff are currently writing to property owners who may not be complying with their obligations.  Please do not ignore these letters!  Council staff want to work with you to ensure that you are not placing yourself at risk by not meeting your obligations.

Snap Send Solve
With winter approaching it is a timely reminder that the mobile phone app ‘Snap Send Solve’ is a great tool for reporting damage to Council’s assets such as roads. Simply visit and download the app, it’s easy to use and draws Council’s attention to problems. Alternatively visit our website on www.waimatedc.govt.nz and report with Council’s ‘Tell-Us’, or phone or visit Council.

Civil Defence Alerting
It’s also timely to highlight the ways members of the public are alerted to a potential Civil Defence event such as tsumani and flooding:

1. Red Cross Hazard App: Download the free Red Cross Hazard App from Google Play Store or Apple App Store for instant alerting on smart phones and tablets about any emergency or hazard. If you do not own a smart phone or tablet, please ask a family member or friend to download the Red Cross Hazard App and ask them to ring you if they receive messages related to the Waimate District.

2. Broadcast on Radio

3. Posted on our Website: www.waimatedc.govt.nz

The main message Council would like to reinforce is ‘be prepared’. When a disaster happens you could be on your own for three days or more. You will need to rely on yourselves and the people around you to get through. Visit www.happens.nz for useful information.

Craig Rowley
Mayor