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We believe that the problems faced by Hamilton residents and ratepayers in relation to rapid rates rise are not due to a revenue problem, but rather it's a spending problem!

Let's leave the muni pools until there's a better idea

Hamilton’s Municipal Pools on Victoria Street celebrated their 100 year anniversary in 2012 – the year council closed them. Now council is applying to itself for a resource consent to demolishRead more

Everything including the kitchen sink under this rates plan

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Developer fees put ratepayers at risk

A Christchurch woman recently made national headlines with a story about the granny flat she got built for her deaf brother. A council planner told her the council fees would be $1,500, but it ended Read more

Hamilton planning has got out of hand

OPINION: Which of these houses is better ... according to Hamilton City Council planning rules? One is a home I designed, with a nice front lawn and garage out of sight at the back of theRead more

Council Spends $6.49m for "River Dream" Buildings valued at $4.3m

On the eve of a national conference for ratepayer groups gathering to address serious concerns over "out of control" spending by councils', Hamilton Residents & Ratepayers Association PresidentRead more

Mixed-use development now all the rage

OPINION: Last week's column was about the history of council planning. It affects us every day, having had a big impact on our house designs, sections, roads and where we work. Some people reading thRead more

Andrew Bydder: Planners eroding public choice

OPINION: The late great legendary architect Sir Ian Athfield famously said in 1987: "Planners and local authorities are stupid. Absolutely stupid! They have these rules and they're not worth a tin ofRead more

Andrew Bydder: Housing crisis is all about land and how councils regulate it

OPINION: Which is worth more: a million-dollar section with a $100,000 house or just a million-dollar section? The answer is the million-dollar section and the reason is capitalisation.  AnyoneRead more

District Plan's pointless rules

OPINION  Dear Richard Briggs, This is a formal and public complaint about a Hamilton City Council employee, namely the chief executive. The Local Government Act 2002 Section 42 Part 2 (c) and (d)Read more

DHB staff need to be accountable

OPINION: Yet another public-sector cost blowout has hit the news. This time it's the Waikato District Health Board and its alterations to the old Farmers building on the corner of Anglesea andRead more

Councils generally pretty powerless

OPINION: Most Kiwis find the structure of the United States government confusing. As well as a president, they have two parliaments, together known as Congress but divided into the Senate and theRead more

Where does the money come from?

OPINION: Hamilton City Council's 142-page 10-Year Plan is available on the council's website. It is very nicely presented and well written in accessible language with clear charts. Staff have done aRead more
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Newspapers' "River Dream" Articles

Secret Victoria on the River briefing: Vision bigger than property purchases - Hamilton mayor

By Nikki Preston | Last Updated: 20 Sept 2017, 9:45pm

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Plans to bowl Hamilton's Victoria St buildings for giant park

By Nikki Preston | Last Updated: 21 Nov 2017, 9:35pm

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Mayor Andrew King proposes major changes for Hamilton

By Tom Rowland | Last Updated: 1 Dec 2017, 2:21pm

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New Hamilton park opens central city to the river

By Tom Rowland | Last Updated: 26 Jan 2018, 2:42pm

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Property developers set up company to buy buildings after told council interested in them.

By Nikki Preston | Last Updated: 19 March 2018, 2:56pm

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Hamilton mayor says developers won't take advantage of council - 'They're not the profiteering type'

By Nikki Preston | Last Updated: 20 March 2018, 11:50am

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Process followed over urban park expansion 'unusual': Hamilton City Council CEO

By Nikki Preston | Last Updated: 21 March 2018, 5:14pm

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Council wants first option to buy river buildings: Hamilton mayor tells property owners

By Nikki Preston | Last Updated: 26 March 2018, 8:57pm

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Audit NZ confirms it will review 'unusual' process taken by Hamilton City Council over new urban park

By Nikki Preston | Last Updated: 27 March 2018, 10:35am

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Council told CEO to talk to vendors in river block on willingness to sell

By Nikki Preston | Last Updated: 27 March 2018, 7:02pm

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Hamilton council CEO pulls finance chair's monthly report

By Tom Rowland | Last Updated: 25 May 2018, 8:26am

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Developers tried to convince council over changing city park plans

By Nikki Preston | Last Updated: 25 May 2018, 11:54am

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Audit into Hamilton City Council park expansion process finished - but no details to be released

By Nikki Preston | Last Updated: 6 June 2018, 8:36pm

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Council made numerous changes to independant central city park audit

By Nikki Preston | Last Updated: 24 July 2018, 6:14pm

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Council and management lines blurred in city park expansion process, Audit NZ report reveals

By Nikki Preston | Last Updated: 27 July 2018, 7:25pm

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Hamilton councillor slams colleagues over criticising process that would open city to the river

By Nikki Preston | Last Updated: 2 August 2018, 12:40pm

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Hamilton City Council snaps up first properties as part of $7m Victoria St buy-up plan

By Nikki Preston | Last Updated: 13 September 2018, 12:40pm

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Hamilton City Council pays $6.49m for buildings, up to 56% more than market valuation

By Nikki Preston | Last Updated: 3 October 2018, 5:50pm

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Hamilton Mayor Andrew King's 'controversial' river city vision

By Aaron Leaman and Libby Wilson | Last updated:08:16, October 04 2018

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Hamilton ratepayers' group complains to SFO over Council's property buy up

By Nikki Preston | Last Updated: 8 October 2018, 5:29pm

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Council under fire over purchases

By Tom Rowland | Last Updated: October 12, 2018

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Ratepayer's group complains to SFO over buy-ups

By Nikki Preston | Last Updated: October 12, 2018

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Staring down the wrecking ball

By Aaron Leaman | Last Updated: October 17, 2018

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Topical Newspaper Articles

Doubts cast over Hamilton City Council's financial performance

By Aaron Leeman | Last updated: 08:19, Oct 05 2016

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Max Christoffersen: The 'Tuesday Night Ambush' at City Hall

Max Christoffersen | Last updated: 12:00, Mar 24 2017

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Hamilton mayor Andrew King set to save thousands of dollars under proposed changes to city's rating system

By Nikki Preston | Last Updated 09 April 2018 5:00am 

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Ratepayers boycotting Hamilton's 10-year plan process

By Tom Rowland | Last updated: 09:47, 27 April 2018

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Hamilton City Council's rates woes puts heat on chief executive Richard Briggs

By Aaron Leaman and Libby Wilson | Last updated:12:41, May 04 2018

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If increased charges are in, we're out: Hamilton developer

By Libby Wilson | Last updated:11.59, May 08 2018

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Flat $500 charge in Hamilton rate proposal irks landlords

By Libby Wilson | Last Updated: 15:11, 18 May 2018

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A round-up of Hamilton City Council draft long-term plan

By Aaron Leeman | Last updated: 07.03, June 05 2018

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Hamilton's 10-year plan signed off after 18-month debate - with no 16% rates rise

By Tom Rowland | Last Updated: 28 June 2018

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Opinion: Who voted for Richard Briggs' $440k annual salary?

Max Christoffersen | Last updated: 05:00, July 7 2018

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Million-dollar Waikato Plan at a crossroads, Hamilton Mayor Andrew King brands it a talkfest

By Libby Wilson | Last updated: 14:23, July 16 2018

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Arbitrary definition stings landlords

By Elton Smallman | Last Updated: 9:22, Oct 17, 2018

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Hamilton City Council voting system under fire

By Tom Rowland | Last Updated: 26 October 2018

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Time for a rejig in City Hall

By Max Christoffersen | Last updated: 05:00, Oct 27 2018

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Fears Hamilton City Council's development contributions could prompt developers, homebuyers to abandon city

By Aaron Leeman | Last updated: 08:37, Nov 04 2018

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Edwards White win trifecta at NZ Institute of Architects National Awards

 Last updated: 01:00, Nov 10 2018

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Hamilton developers say red tape, planning rules hindering city growth

By Aaron Leeman | Last updated: 15:57, Nov 14 2018

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Hamilton property valuations out tomorrow after soaring 30 per cent

By Nikki Preston | Last Updated 20 Nov 2018, 7:59pm 

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