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What’s going on in Council – Dec 16

This week council has an extremely large agenda with some major decisions ahead. There are 19 decision papers and several public deputations to be made. Amalgamation of Activate Tairāwhiti and Tourism Eastland is on the cards. This has been in the works for over 18 months.  There is importance in having our Tourism and Regional ...

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#InspiringQuotes

“I think we ought to read only the kind of books that wound and stab us. If the book we’re reading doesn’t wake us up with a blow on the head, what are we reading it for? So that it will make us happy, as you write? Good Lord, we would be happy precisely if ...

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Thoughts on my first term as a councillor

My first term as a councillor has been hard work and a lot of learning, two things fortunately I relish and am very familiar with!  The paperwork has been heavy, but not as heavy as the weight of the decisions a councillor has to make for the betterment of our region.  The councillor position is ...

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My heart bleeds…

I’ve been wondering for the last hour or so if I should put this up and it maybe the fatigue making the decision for me, but here it goes. My first job in Social Work was working at the Activity Centre with the proverbial “at risk” rangatahi. A job that really shaped who I am ...

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Kōrero Tuku Iho – Our History

Imagine NZ was invaded tomorrow and all of a sudden our kids weren’t allowed to speak English or Māori in school, they were only allowed to speak Klingon. Furthermore our kids are beaten if they speak anything except Klingon. We can speak English and Māori at home but now the entire school system is based ...

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Tread water

Depression is like trying to tread water in a vast open ocean in pitch black darkness. You don’t know which way you need to be treading water but you’re gonna try and tread it anyway. Initially, you’re energised and think you’ll get out of the water soon. You’ll find land. You tell yourself, if you ...

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Enviromental, Planning and Regulation committee stance should be endorsed

CONTRARY to what some may say, Thursday’s sitting at the council should be a relatively uncomplicated affair. There are some things I’m really passionate about like dogs, the Oneroa walkway, Titirangi and the library extension, which should all be relatively straightforward. There is also a recommendation from the Environmental Planning and Regulations committee, the acceptance ...

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