Mayoral News

Published: 03 Aug 2017

Civil Defence Reminder: We are fortunate we weren’t in the situation of some other Canterbury and Otago districts that had more serious flooding because of the recent rainfall event two weeks ago. However we have sustained approximately $400,000 in roading damage, the majority of which was in the Hakataramea area. There are a number of roads in the district with damage to the sides of the road, and we are urging motorists to take care. Repairs are now underway for affected roads.

I would like to remind readers to ensure you can cope in any emergency with water, food and any essential supplies for three days. For State Highway closures visit: For the latest rainfall information visit: and river information: For the latest weather forecasts visit:

Mayoral Welcome for Japanese Students: Last week I had the pleasure of welcoming the current group of Japanese students from Takudai-Ichiko High School in Tokyo. As I said to the group, this ongoing cultural relationship between Waimate High School and Takudai-Ichiko High School is a win-win for both our countries, and I congratulate both schools on their foresight in developing this very important relationship. Thank you to those that are hosting these young people, and I know that you all will make them feel welcome if you see them out and about over the next week or two.

July School Holiday Programmes: It was good to see the July school holiday programmes at the library and the Waimate Event Centre were very popular. Both the story time with guests and rock painting sessions in the library had about 30 children attending, and the Waimate Event Centre had over 400 children (plus their parents and guardians) taking part in activities over the two week period which included wall climbing, skating, miniball and organised games. The sometimes atrocious weather conditions may have had some effect on the numbers attending, but overall the programme was very popular.

Eric Batchelor ‘The Ferret’ Book Launch: Mayoress Lyn and I had the pleasure of attending the launch of Tom O’Connor’s biography of Eric Batchelor. There was a great crowd, and it shows the importance of recording our local heroes. I congratulate Tom on this massive, but very worthwhile project

Council Facebook
At an extraordinary Council meeting on Tuesday, we agreed to create a Waimate District Council facebook page in order to communicate Council matters such as Civil Defence information, water notices and other general information. We will advise the ‘live’ date of this page, as well as the name as soon as it is ready to go live.

Our next Council meeting is scheduled for Tuesday 22 August 2017, beginning with Public Forum at 9.30am.