The Big Three Questions for Candidates in 2019

Whangamata Ratepayers Association

P.O. Box 62, Whangamata 3643

The Big Three Questions for Candidates in 2019


Last year Whangamata contributed 21% of TCDC rate take.

6% of community capital spend was invested in Whangamata.

The TCDC Long Term Plan identifies major projects around the district over the next three years. It has allocated only 4.5% of community capital spend on Whangamata.


What proportion of community-based rate spend should be allocated to Whangamata?


TCDC has advised the Waikato Ratepayers Association that the council only considers flooding a concern if a house is inundated, or an effluent discharge occurs, and does not consider stormwater erosion of private property its problem.


Stormwater; Continuing and increasing weather events bring inundation and stormwater erosion of private properties. What does council need to do?


Mangrove management has been an unmitigated politicised disaster in Whangamata Harbour for more than 20 years.


What is your position on mangrove management, and what commitment are you prepared to make towards a solution?

Candidate Meeting

Whangamata Ratepayers Association

P.O. Box 62, Whangamata 3643


The Big Three.

Stormwater, Mangroves, Williamson Park, Beach Walkway, The Thames Pool, Sealing of Wentworth Valley Road, Our Fair Share of Rates….

It’s election time and this year the Whangamata Ratepayers Association are hosting a unique election meeting. Rather than just a random collection of questions, they’ve decided to establish what are the three most important issues for ratepayers, and focus our candidates on them; The Big Three. Feedback is sought from ratepayers to select the three most important issues we all want our council to focus on.

What’s your biggest issue for Whangamata? Go to the ratepayers’ Facebook Page and comment what you want fixed , or email us at

The meeting will feature all available candidates for Mayor, local council, regional council and the community board representing Whangamata. Each candidate will be given 4 minutes to tell us a little about themselves and present their position on The Big Three.

The meeting will be held on September the 14th, 5 p.m. at The Whangamata Memorial Hall.

This press release has been authorised by Terry Wilson, Ratepayers President, phone 021 628058

Autumn Newsletter

Whangamata Ratepayers Association

P.O. Box 62, Whangamata 3643


Newsletter Autumn 2019

Prior to our AGM in February I canvassed ratepayers and residents to join or re-join the association, as we really need critical mass in membership if we are to have an influence in the town. I’m pleased to advise that while it needs to continue, membership is on the increase, and 5 new members have joined the committee. 


Your new committee comprises some experienced members and some new blood. Re-elected were Brian Grant, John Spencer, Tim Hart, Mike Jeffcoat, Karin Spencer and myself, while newly elected members are Brian Airey, Dale McKenzie, Marie-Louise Norberg, Sue Priest, and Sue Smith. Sue Smith has been elected to the joint Secretary/Treasurer role, and will be a great help to me going forward I am sure.

At our first meeting, after a “getting to know you” session, we agreed as a committee that while we will continue to focus on the several important issues facing the town below, the committee in particular will concentrate on growing membership in advance of the local body elections coming up later this year, to ensure our mandate demands aspiring councillors (both TCDC and Waikato Regional Council) listen to the important matters we will raise on behalf of Whangamata.   


As I write this newsletter, we formally represent around 450 residents and ratepayers, and engage with a further 2,000 through newsletters, web site and Facebook. For us to have the attention of elected and aspiring councilors this year, we need to grow that number. At the recent AGM I asked attendees to commit to each approaching 3 friends and/or neighbours in an effort to increase our membership numbers, and we are seeing the result of that effort already. Can I ask each of you please; do the same thing? If we want to achieve a better long-term outcome around mangrove, stormwater, and power management in Whangamata, we need to continue to convince appropriate parties that we have the numbers.

As mentioned, the main areas of concern for us at present are:


As I have said previously, we’re all sick of hearing talk about mangrove management. The debacle that was Waikato Regional Council’s failed attempt at managing the mangroves is coming to a close, the new legislation before parliament giving TCDC control of future mangrove management has been hijacked by the Green and left influences on the select committee, and we now deem it to be unworkable.

TCDC ratepayers have paid >$1.5m on mangrove management, 50% of which has come from Whangamata ratepayers. This is a tremendous waste of money, given the poor outcomes achieved, and the very real risk of mangrove regeneration across the recently cleared areas.

Several recent reports have highlighted the need to control the mangroves to ensure the best possible long-term outcome for the harbour, while no impact on birdlife has been identified, notwithstanding the significant financial investment into reports on the issue.

This association is determined to assist the Harbour Care Group to ensure Whangamata is treated no differently that any other area in New Zealand on this matter; something that would be a refreshing change!

 Stormwater Management

As a result of pressure from various sources including this association, an area-wide report on the state of stormwater infrastructure in Whangamata is due to be presented to TCDC about now. It’s imperative that we, as representatives of the town’s ratepayers, hold TCDC to account to act on the report. While it is almost certain that such action will take a long time and a great deal of investment, it is unacceptable for a town of 4,000 permanent (and many more “weekender”) residents and a summer population pushing 40,000 to not have sufficient and appropriate stormwater infrastructure so that private properties are not inundated and roads impassable during severe weather events.

It is somewhat understandable that only around half the rates collected in Whangamata are spent here, but this matter will require an increased amount of our rates to be re-invested back into the town; much better than subsidising a “regional” swimming pool facility in Thames!

 Power Supply

Powerco have upped their game over the last year and as a result we have experienced fewer and shorter power outages. The stand-by battery (to supply the commercial area in an outage) is due to be installed later this year, but Whangamata remains vulnerable with only a single high-voltage power feed, and recent testing bringing the capacity of the proposed battery installation into question. We continue to work behind the scenes to convince Powerco that the long-term investment of a second high-voltage feed is not negotiable; it won’t be easy, but it needs to be done.

In the meantime see the Powerco Ap  online at ;if every household in Whangamata used this simple application and advised Powerco every time a power outage occurred, not only would issues be fixed more quickly, but we strongly believe this

Hopefully the items above show you that the Whangamata Ratepayers Association has a job to do, and while we are determined to do it, the more residents and ratepayers who join the association, the stronger our voice. For a measly $10 per annum, you can help by giving us credibility (by way of increased membership representation) in discussions with the various organisations we interact with; please follow the link below, and help us look after this great town.

Join Us!

Find us on Facebook or follow the link to our new website and join us: 

We’re all so lucky to be able to enjoy New Zealand’s “Best Beach”, lets make sure that title remains valid!

 Terry Wilson


15th April 2019

AGM 2019

Whangamata Ratepayers Association

P.O. Box 62, Whangamata 3643    

Annual General Meeting

The Annual General Meeting of the Whangamata Ratepayers Association Inc will take place on Saturday 23rd February at 4:00pm, at the Whangamata RSA, 324 Port Road, Whangamata.

All financial members and non-member residents and ratepayers are encouraged to attend this meeting.

While a report on the encouraging progress made by the organisation this year will be tabled, and financial accounts presented, the main purpose of the meeting will be to gauge the level of support for the continuation of the association’s activities, and to establish an effective and committed committee.

Some new committee members were elected last year as a number of long-standing incumbents stepped down, and more are still required to re-vitalise and re-energise the organisation.

Significant progress was achieved in the last year on the major subjects identified as strategically important for the town; power supply, stormwater management and the Williamson Park resource consent, but we REALLY need more members, including several who are willing to sit on the committee (meet every two months) to ensure this momentum is continued.

The seemingly never-ending debate around mangrove management will be an important subject in coming months, and while we’re all really sick of hearing about mangroves, once the proposed legislation currently before parliament is passed, unless we convince TCDC to do a better job than the debacle over the last years under Waikato Regional Council, our harbour will eventually be overtaken, filled with silt, and lost forever.

So, we need members (to give us credibility in dealing with TCDC and others) and we need motivated people to help us a committee level.

Join us now before the AGM($10 per household) by following the link:


Terry Wilson


15th January 2019

Summer Newsletter 2018

Whangamata Ratepayers Association

P.O. Box 62, Whangamata 3643


Newsletter Summer 2018 

It’s been a year of change; at the AGM in March the long-serving committee advised that without a level of rejuvenation, the association would have to go into recess. However, I’m pleased to advise that the rejuvenation is underway, some new committee members have taken up the challenge, and a level of success can already be celebrated across a number of fronts.

Focusing on three main challenges facing the residents and ratepayers of Whangamata, progress has been made in all three areas:

Power Supply

Powerco have heeded the pressure we and others have applied on a number of fronts during the year, recognised the less-than adequate quality of service provided to the town, and have scheduled the installation of a battery backup system, capable of supplying the commercial area of Whangamata during power failures. This installation is scheduled for mid-year 2019. While this solution does not address the underlying issue of a single high-voltage line into town, it does go some way to mitigating the effect of outages on that line.

Powerco have also advised that they will have a technician staying in town over the two-week summer peak, to address quickly any power outages that may occur at that busy time.

The Association is determined to keep pressure on Powerco until such time as a second high-voltage supply into town is installed, but these interim steps go some way to mitigating the issue in the short term.

See the Powerco Ap  online at ;if every household in Whangamata used this simple application and advised Powerco every time a power outage occurred, not only would issues be fixed more quickly, but we strongly believe this feedback would drive Powerco towards installation of the second power feed.

Stormwater Management

Whether one believes in “global warming” or not, it has been raining a lot more than it used to, and coupled with the continued growth of the town, flooding has become far too common in a number of areas.

Representation to TCDC by the Ratepayers Association and others has been loud and strong, culminating in an undertaking by Council to commit to an investigative report into Whangamata’s stormwater infrastructure; this report is due out in the first half of 2019, and if managed well, should be the first step towards council investment into 21st century quality infrastructure. While this is not likely to happen overnight, it is this association’s intention to continue lobbying as hard as required to ensure the correct long-term solution is put in place.

Coupled with the lack of infrastructure, council’s present position is that it is only problematic if flooding enters a dwelling, or causes contamination through sewage overflow. This association believes the standard should be set much higher, in particular where lack of infrastructure causes unacceptable inundation of ratepayers’ properties.

These issues will take time to fix, but a strong association, led by an appropriate committee of members will certainly influence outcomes, and potentially speed them to conclusion.

Williamson Park

While potentially controversial, the association interacted with a large number of residents, both members and non-members on the recent resource consent, and while there is not universal agreement across the board, the vast majority of residents polled clearly wanted to limit the proposed commercial events at the park, although for a variety of reasons.

The association submitted to the appointed Commissioner with a short and concise (and far less emotional than some) presentation, and we are pleased with the compromise achieved; one commercial event that requires fencing of the park, and all the traditional and well-loved established events to continue unabated.


And what else is on the agenda for the future? We’re all sick of hearing talk about mangrove management, but the debacle that was Waikato Regional Council’s failed attempt at managing the mangroves is coming to a close, new legislation is before parliament (and we believe likely to pass) giving TCDC control of future mangrove management, and this association believes it has a duty to support the hard-working Whangamata Harbour Care group in working with TCDC to ensure an effective and affordable path forward.

We have been advised that TCDC ratepayers will have paid $1.5m on mangrove management by the end of the 2022 financial year, 50% of which ($750k) has come from Whangamata ratepayers. This is a tremendous waste of money, given the poor outcomes achieved, and the very real risk of mangrove regeneration across the recently cleared areas. Prior to Waikato Regional Council’s involvement, the Harbour Care Group cleared a greater area for the cost of a BBQ and refreshments for volunteers!

Several recent reports have highlighted the need to control the mangroves to ensure the best possible long-term outcome for the harbour, while no impact on birdlife has been identified (notwithstanding the significant financial investment into reports on the issue).

This association is determined to assist Harbour Care to be recognised as a stakeholder, with input on the way forward. 

Support Us Please?

Hopefully the items above show you that the Whangamata Ratepayers Association has a job to do, and while we are determined to do it, the more residents and ratepayers who join the association, the stronger our voice. For a measly $10 per annum, you can help by giving us credibility (by way of increased membership representation) in discussions with the various organisations we interact with; please follow the link below, and help us look after this great town.

Join Us!

Follow the link to our new website and join us:

AGM 2019

The annual general meeting of the association will be held at 4pm, Saturday 23rd February 2019; put it in your calendar, and watch out for more details in January. We have made the time later in the day to allow weekenders to get settled in, and golfers (and others) to enjoy their morning sports.

Several of the longer-serving committee members will be standing down, so please consider adding value to your community by giving up an hour-or-so every two-months, and put yourself forward for the committee.


So enjoy this wonderful town that we’re are so lucky to have, look after your families, and think about helping us keep it as good as it can be!


Terry Wilson


24th December 2018

October Newsletter

Whangamata Ratepayers Association

P.O. Box 62, Whangamata 3643


Newsletter October 2018



It’s been a very busy three months and the new committee has accomplished a great deal on your behalf.

In our last newsletter I advised that the committee has identified three main areas of focus:

1.       Stormwater Management

2.       Power supply continuity

3.       Williamson Park resource consent.

I’m very pleased to advise that significant headway has been made in all three of these areas.

Stormwater Management

Having the opportunity to meet with council staff in regards to specific flooding of the Waikeke Stream onto Patiki Reserve and surrounding properties, we were able to express our concerns around the wider stormwater issues facing Whangamata, and supported by councilor Terry Walker, make it very clear that the present state of stormwater management in town was far below an acceptable level. I’m pleased to advise that as a result, TCDC has undertaken to commission a report into stormwater infrastructure in Whangamata, which is due to be released in March next year.

While this is an exciting step forward, it’s unlikely to be the end of the journey. Presently TCDC has a policy that it is only responsible to ensure no water inundation of living quarters, while this association holds that a much higher standard should be adopted; Whangamata needs to have sufficient stormwater infrastructure to manage flows except in the most exceptional of cases. In other words, roads and sections should not flood under normal conditions, and if they do flood under exceptional conditions, that flooding should be limited and quickly mitigated.

We are looking forward to seeing the report, and continuing conversations with council on the matter.

Power Supply Continuity

A very meaningful meeting was held with senior representatives of Powerco, with the first output being our website post below:

Please follow the link if you haven’t already seen the post; it’s about all of us being able to notify Powerco when and if there is a local power outage. I believe we have already seen a higher standard of continuity over this winter, and it will only get better if more people use the ap provided, and Powerco is advised every time there is a localised power issue.

Powerco have also fitted updated monitoring equipment to their high-voltage lines in the town, which again assists with speedy recover from power failures.

Discussion also included provision of a back-up supply into the town; recognising that we are presently fed by a single high-voltage feed from Waihi. While this is an ongoing conversation, and in your committee’s opinion the only long-term solution suitable for the town, Powerco have undertaken in the interim to install a battery backup solution, capable of supporting the commercial town centre in the event of a major power failure. This solution is scheduled for installation mid to late 2019. Discussion continues on a second high-voltage feed line.

Williamson Park Resource Consent

While there are many differing views on the subject, the overwhelming majority opinion was as expressed in our submission on it. Please see that submission at:

I will be presenting verbally to the commissioner in support of our submission later this month, including some copies of correspondence from Mr Williamson to the Council over a 35-year period, making his views clear on commercialisation of the reserve he generously donated.

You will see in our submission that we totally support the traditional family events run at the park, but do not support the commercial ventures which, due to a little noticed and now regretted change to the Council Long Term Plan, require the reserve to be fenced, limiting access by ratepayers and residents to the surf club and the beach.

Other Matters

I am advised by Councillor Terry Walker that the usual Summer Festival events will be run again this year; final details are presently being worked out.

You may have seen a news item indicating that Whangamata’s water was not up to standard; I am assured by Councillor Walker that this is not the case. There are apparently some issues around detailed monitoring which need to be upgraded (and which are being done), but the water standard itself I am assured is up to standard.

For the record I have written a letter to the CEO of TCDC on the matter, and will report his response in due course.

Join Us!

Follow the link to our new website and join us:



Terry Wilson


19th October 2018

Power to the People!


One of the three important issues we have identified for our town is the continuity of power supply.

The leanings from a recent meeting with senior Powerco executives can be distilled down as follows:

  • Continuity of power supply in the town has been significantly below international standards.
  • The town's reliance on a single high-voltage feed contributes significantly to this outcome, and while a second power feed is the ultimate mitigation, it seems unlikely to be implemented in the short term. However installation of a battery backup system, due in about 12-months, will go someway to mitigating power cuts by providing redundancy to the commercial area of town when the main feed fails.
  • However it became very apparent during this meeting that PowerCo were unaware of the multiple localised power outages that we all seem to experience on an ongoing basis, due to their inability to monitor "local" transmission lines.

We can all do something about this!

Powerco have provided us with the information below about their mobile App; if everyone was to download this free app onto their phones, and follow the instructions below when they experienced any power interruption, then Powerco will be aware of the level of interruptions being experienced, and therefore more motivated to address any issues long term.  In the interests of long-term power continuity in Whangamata, please follow the instructions below, and actively help us inform Powerco about Whangamata's electricity infrastructure.

Powerco Mobile App Overview


Powerco’s free App lets you check on and report power cuts on our electricity network. Regardless of the retail company you pay your electricity bill to, the app allows you to:

·        View the status of the power supply to your property, farm/shed, bach, business, child’s school, etc

·        Add up to 10 different properties to monitor

·        Tell us about a power cut

·        Be directed to the right people based on the issue you are experiencing with your power supply

·        View the estimated restoration time, number of other properties affected and cause of any power cut affecting your property(ies)

·        Link to our power cuts web map

The data is refreshed every three minutes with live system data.

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How to get the App

Powerco’s App is available on any smartphone running at least Android 4.0 and any iPhone running at least iOS 7.0. Visit Google Play or the App store to download.


Activating your account

Once you have downloaded the App you will need to create an account. If you signed up to the App using an email address, you should receive an account confirmation email after completing the registration process. Before you can add an ICP to your ‘My ICPs’ list, you must click on the link sent in the email.

If registering through Facebook, there is no additional account verification required. You are able to add an ICP to your ‘My ICPs’ list straight away.

It may take a few minutes for you to receive your account confirmation email. If you still haven’t received an email, please check your junk/spam folder. Also, check the email address listed in the app’s account settings for any typing errors.

If you still have not received a confirmation email, please either register through Facebook or re-register using a different email address. If the problem continues, please let us know by emailing

How does the App work?

The App allows you to register your ICP(s) and can then identify if an ICP is part of an unplanned outage. ICP stands for Installation Control Point. It is a unique number given to each point of connection on Powerco’s electricity network. All ICPs are 15 characters long, made up of numbers and letters e.g. 000006789PCB031.

You will need to enter an ICP number as part of registering for the App. You can find your ICP on your electricity bill or follow this link to search for your ICP by address.

It is important to note that the App connects to Powerco’s Outage Management System (OMS). There is no physical connection between the App and the electricity network or your property’s meter. We have monitoring and automation on our high voltage networks (11,000 volt feeder lines and above). This means that a fault job will automatically be logged in our OMS when there is a fault on our high voltage networks. The App will automatically register when your ICP is affected by an outage on our high voltage networks i.e. “We are aware of a power cut affecting your ICP”.

While we do have automation and monitoring on our high voltage networks, we don’t have real time visibility of the low voltage networks (400 and 230 volts) and individual customer service lines. If there is a fault on our low voltage networks or a customer service line, we may not know about it. Therefore, we are reliant on customers reporting the fault. If you have lost power due to a low voltage or service line fault, the App should show your power supply as “On” (i.e. Powerco is not aware of the fault affecting you). After pressing the “Report a power cut” button, the App will guide you through the same series of questions you would be asked if you reported the fault via your retailer and log a job directly to Powerco’s OMS.

Sometimes customers can be affected by both a high voltage fault and a low voltage or service line fault (as is common in severe storms). The physical hierarchy of electricity networks means we must fix the high voltage faults before we can fix low voltage faults. If you were affected by a high voltage fault you will not be able to report a power cut to Powerco via our App. Once we have fixed the high voltage fault, the associated job in our OMS will be closed. When the App is refreshed (the information is automatically refreshed every three minutes, or you can force a refresh by dragging down on the screen), it will recognise this and indicate that your power should be on. If this is incorrect, you will then be able to report the power cut via the App.

Information such as the cause of the power cut or estimated time of restoration may not be available at the time the job has been raised. Powerco’s OMS will initially assign a system default estimated restoration time based on calculations about the number of ICPs affected and previous faults. In most cases we are reliant on field staff finding the problem and reporting this information back to our control room to provide more accurate information. Once this information is available the job will be updated and the information will be pushed out to the App.

If you are ever in doubt as to whether your power cut has been notified to Powerco via the App, please contact your energy retailer (the company you pay your bill to) who can follow up with us in your behalf.

William Park Resource Consent Submission

Submission on Proposed Williamson Park Resource Consent by Whangamata Ratepayers Association Inc, August 2018.

Whangamata Ratepayers Association represents both residents and ratepayers of the town and has cast a wide net to engage with both members and non-members on the matters relating to this resource consent application, having identified very early in the process a significant amount of concern and unease over some aspects of it.


While inevitably a wide variety of individual concerns are apparent as a result of the wide engagement with both members and non-members, these concerns can be grouped as follows:

1.       The proposal that any event involving more than 500 people should require a resource consent does not seem to be supported by either any logical argument, nor in fact precedent amongst local authorities in New Zealand. While council has not made the reasons nor logic for this arbitrary participation level clear, there is a general belief amongst ratepayers that it is driven by bureaucratic ideology.  The association found zero support for this arbitrary policy decision amongst the large numbers of residents and ratepayers consulted. It is noted that this policy has been developed under the proposed District Plan.

2.       The well established and popular events that have become a part of Whangamata’s DNA are totally and unanimously supported by the town. It is only the arbitrary application of the unsupported policy decision around >500 participants that impacts the successful continuation of these iconic events, and that decision should be reversed, to allow the continued success of these events already identified in the council literature on this subject:

a.       Anzac Dawn Service

b.       Brits at the Beach

c.       Beach Hop

d.       Surf Club events and Whanga Week

e.       Summer holiday events (5days and 3 nights)

f.        Sporting Events

g.       Matariki or Community Festivals

3.       The commercial provision of concerts and the like are at the heart of this debate. While a number of ratepayers and residents support the concept to some degree, its implementation, in particular with the erection of ugly and restricting polyethene-covered fencing, and that fencing’s inevitable restriction of public access to the iconic Williamson Park, the surf club, and the beach during its tenure, are widely not supported.

4.       There is a significant ground swell of opinion, particularly by the older long-term residents, that the park was gifted to the town with specific restrictions around commercial use of it. It is clear that the Council and Community Board have now taken the position that this argument has no legal standing; while this is yet to be argued in court (and some residents feel so strongly about the issue that such action may yet occur), this association urges Council to consider their moral obligations in this regard. The land was gifted as a recreational reserve, it is clear that Mr Williamson did so with conditions restricting commercial use, and that he wanted unrestricted access at all times by residents.

5.       The introduction of liquor licensing at Williamson Park is strongly and almost unanimously opposed, in particular given the history of the town, and the recently successful liquor ban. 


The committee of the Whangamata Ratepayers Association canvassed its members, and as many non-members as they were able to interact with and asked for all residents’ thoughts and comments to be provided in writing. The following are a few excerpts from the many communications (both email, and both printed and hand-written notes) received:

·       “Submissions of opposition are paramount. TCDC is the only council in New Zealand who is proposing the resource consent application requirement for events with over 500 people”

·       “Throughout the year of developing the resource consent application members of the community have been lobbying the Community Board to ban commercial activity on the park on the basis that the original deed of gift of the park, requested free and uninterrupted access to the park to be maintained”  

·       “The figure of 500 persons, or above, appears to be purely arbitrary, and selected more as a benchmark for control than for practicalities”

·       “In the process the residents of Whangamata were subjected to the erection of a most crude, rude, and unsightly, black plastic sheeted scaffold fence, which was a total embarrassment to the residents, and a popular joke to the many visitors to the township at such a holiday period”

·        “Do away with the policy of the benchmark “500”, it just has no relevance”

·       “Do not confuse this with the Beach Hop, ANZAC Ceremony etc as the majority of objection relates to the PRIVATE events with tickets, alcohol and the park closure UGLINESS and Unsightliness of the fencing etc”

·       “The land was gifted - TCDC listen please, no argument about ownership just use it for what it was gifted for the community”

·       “TCDC stop adding the 'threats re Beach Hop - that is NOT the issue”

·       “Over the summer holiday period Williamson Park and the Surf Club are the focal point for holiday makers, in particular for family groups, seeking the reassurance for safe swimming that the Surf Club provides“

·       “For years Whangamata suffered from alcohol fueled anti social behaviour over the Christmas & New Year period and it was clear from the Whangamata Ratepayers AGM in February this year that our members did not want to see a return to those days”

·       “Where is the value? Council seems to be providing a valuable community asset for use by private entrepreneurs”

·       “As a resident of Whangamata, I really feel that the enlargement of the events calendar as proposed, outside of the traditional events, will prove to be unmanageable, and of detriment to our interests”

·       “There can be no doubt that all of the above events could be organised as totally free access for the public, and have no need whatsoever for the erection of restrictive fencing and the like to host such events”

·       “I find it ludicrous that council is applying in their consent to allow liquor sales at these events”

·       “I was on the council that investigated a commercial venture at Williamson Park, and followed the then legal advice in the negative”

The Assosciation has been surprised at the level of wide-spread opposition to this consent, and on consideration, the vast majority of it focussed on the “500 people” aspect, followed by the “commercialisation” and fencing proposals. A good indication of the level of feeling is evident in the newly created Save Williamson Park website that has just been launched at: . 


The Whangamata Ratepayers Association, on behalf of its members, and those many non-member residents who have communicated with us on this topic, strongly objects to the proposed resource consent for Williamson Park.

The town and its residents clearly wish the Park to remain available for public enjoyment, and wish to see alcohol-free family events held on appropriate special occasions, as have been historically, not closed commercial ventures.

Newsletter July 2018

Whangamata Ratepayers Association Incorporated
P.O. Box 62, Whangamata 3643
Newsletter July 2018
STOP PRESS: New Chairman, Secretary & Committee Members appointed.
In the process of rejuvenating the association, and at the behest of the long-standing chair and committee, the drive for new leadership of the association has culminated in these new appointments:
Terry Wilson             Chairman
Lynne Wilson           Secretary
Gina Williams has agreed to remain in the treasurer role in the meantime to effect a smooth transition. Both Brett Wilson and John Rive have also agreed to remain on the committee in the interim to provide support and transfer of knowledge, while some new faces also appear on the committee, which is now comprised as follows (with new members in bold):
Terry Wilson, Lynne Wilson, Gina Williams, Brett Wilson, John Rive, Brian Grant, Tim Hart, John Spencer, Karen Spencer, Bill Watson and Mike Jeffcoat.
For many years your Association has been led and driven by a small but exceptional group of hard-working and engaged members, who have ensured residents and ratepayers have had a voice when appropriate. A number of these members have done their dash and identified that it’s time to pass on the mantel; in particular chairman Brett Wilson and secretary John Rive have for some time been looking for new blood to reinvigorate the organisation. In addition, the committee has grown older and smaller over the years, with no readily apparent heirs to take over the leadership roles.
The changes identified above are intended to breath new life into the Whangamata Ratepayers Association, to ensure there continues to be a credible and active voice to represent the residents and ratepayers of this fantastic town. The new appointees have taken up the challenge, are focussed on building on the sound foundation created by their predecessors, and growing the organisation towards becoming the credible and respected voice of the residential community.
We need to recognise and thank the past leaders and committee members who have given countless hours of their time over many, many years to ensure we have a voice; on behalf of all of you, I thank them for their tireless efforts.

At the recent committee meeting when these changes were put in motion, it was unanimously agreed that the over-riding issues facing Whangamata which should be the focus of the organisation’s efforts on behalf of members are:

  1. Stormwater Management
  2. Continuity of Power Supply
  3. Williamson Park Resource Consent

We have already taken up the challenge on these issues and are in discussion with the appropriate authorities; TCDC in regards to the recent and ongoing flooding events across the town and the above resource consent, and Powerco in regards to the electricity supply.

One of the challenges the association has faced has been appropriate communication channels between the committee and our members; in both directions. This has been addressed as a matter of urgency, and we can now invite you to engage with us more easily:

Please note the new web address; this has been changed from our previous hyphenated url due to technical difficulties.
Please engage on both platforms, share both channels with everyone you know with property in Whangamata, and generally help us to build a solid and reliable communication channel for and on behalf of the residents and ratepayers of this great town. You will find recently posted updates on meetings with TCDC and Powerco, information on how and when to submit on the Williamson Park resource consent, and the website provides mechanisms to join or renew membership, and/or to communicate directly with the committee.


And finally, to achieve success, to work effectively with local councillors and community board, influence outcomes, achieve a credible voice that has the ability to change or influence either TCDC or other organisations such as Waikato Regional Council and/or Powerco, we need to grow our membership base. We need more households to join us, so that we can credibly represent them now and in the future.
It’s only $10 per year; please talk to your neighbours, your friends, the people down the street! Send them to Facebook or direct to the website, get them to fill out the form and direct credit $10 to the association.

Every new member grows our ability to influence outcomes, on behalf of us all.
Terry Wilson

The whole is more than the sum of its parts" - Aristotle