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Rapt to be the people's choice
Well done: The team at Kerikeri's Pear Tree Bar and Restaurant is rapt to have won the People's Choice Awards
at the Northland Matariki Hospitality Awards on June 12.
Food at Wharepuke won the coveted title of best cafe in Northland at the awards. Owners Colin Ashton and
Rachael Goldfinch are away on a much deserved winter holiday but send a message saying they are exceptionally
proud to receive this award, highlighting their dedication and passion for great food and commitment to service.
Out of the nine categories Food at Wharepuke reached the finals in five.
''Team work is paramount for us and a huge thank you to our customers who helped make winning this award
possible,'' they say.
Extra funding for
An extra $215,000 has been added to
the Far North District Council s
budget for the new financial year to
meet community demands for higher
service levels in the tourist sector.
The increase approved by councillors
on June 8 aims to improve beach
cleaning and toilet maintenance and
provide extra services at the height of
the visitor season.
But it will come at a cost.
The council will ask ratepayers in
northern and eastern areas to pay a
uniform increase in ward rates to
cover the spending.
A further $5 per rating assessment
will be added to the ward rate in the
Te Hiku Ward and $10 in the Bay of
The council has also signalled its
plans to charge for the use of the
Hundertwasser toilets at Kawakawa
and the Williams Rd toilets in Paihia.
The move to increase operational
spending follows calls in draft annual
plan submissions from the eastern sea-
board for a lift in town maintenance
The draft plan was prepared with
substantial cuts to capital projects,
other than those for which funding
commitments had already been made.
The additional district facilities
spend is in contrast to the earlier cuts
and to the draft plan proposal to con-
tain new spending by deleting other
budget items to the same value.
In other areas, councillors confirmed
the back-to-basics approach promising
to review all aspects of social spending,
including grants for social, sporting
and cultural activities.
The review will mainly impact on
funding to groups in future years.
However, councillors have already
cut $5000 each from grants to two
citizens advice agencies and the Bay of
Islands Arts Festival this year.
The council will allocate the $15,000
saved to a disabilities advisory group.
Councillors backed away from a pro-
posal to reduce the commercial rate
differential from three times the resi-
dential rate to 2.75 times after hearing
Submitters were concerned that the
change would increase rates paid by
farmers who are expected to pay a dis-
proportionate share of rates this year
thanks to recent revaluations.
Holding the commercial differential
at three times the residential rate will
mean a slight reduction in the
proposed rate increase for residential
The rate increase for the farming
sector will reduce by 1 percent, while
an increase of 4 to 5 percent over
earlier projections is in store for com-
An extra $5000 has been added to
the budget to cover administration
costs associated with any policy
changes related to genetically modified
A report on banning GMOs through
a district plan change is expected to be
considered by the council later this
year. That was an area which
attracted strong submissions seeking a
greater funding commitment.
Te Kao will get new public toilets up
to a value of $70,000, but it will come
at the cost of an upgrade of the Melba
St toilets at Kaitaia.
Councillors have placed the Melba
St project on hold and will decide
whether to go ahead with this after the
Te Ahu complex is opened.
Funding to refurbish the old Kaeo
Post Office has also been deferred until
other options have been canvassed,
including setting up a trust to manage
the facility or leasing the building for
Moerewa may get up to $37,000 of
unallocated footpath funds for priority
Councillors will confirm their
decisions this week.
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