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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!

OPINION: Andrew Bydder wants to hear about rules that drive you up the wall

OPINION: The previous National government set up the Rules Reduction Taskforce which received more than 2,000 submissions from across the country. Their findings were released in the Loopy RulesRead more

OPINION: Rates gripe one of many, writes Andrew Bydder

OPINION: It's easy to criticise councils – every week I get enough topics from concerned citizens to fill a month's worth of articles. While each of these people have genuine complaints that desRead more

Hamilton's Land Shortage Problem

OPINION: There has been a lot of criticism of Kiwibuild, some of it fair, and some of it not. The great housing crisis is a media click-bait title for a combination of issues that should not beRead more

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

OPINION: 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 toRead more

Everything including the kitchen sink under this rates plan

OPINION: Most people don’t like paying rates. I do – so long as I think I am getting good value for money. I love that portion of my rates going to Hamilton Gardens, the river walkways, andRead more

Developer fees put ratepayers at risk

OPINION: 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 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

OPINION: 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 AssociationRead 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
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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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Hamilton Mayor Andrew King goes for second term, sets up showdown for the city

By Elton Rikihana Smallman | Last Updated: 15:59, January 08, 2019

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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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Hamilton Mayor Andrew King goes for second term, sets up showdown for city

By Elton Rikihana Smallman | Last Updated: 15:59, Jan 08 2019

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Gary Gotlieb: We have to stand up to council bureaucrats because elected members do not

By Gary Gotlieb | Last Updated: Jan 23, 2019 5:00am

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Claims of a tight five at Hamilton City Council slammed by councillors

By Tom Rowland | Last Updated: 25 January 2019

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Pascoe lays a complaint against fellow councillor

By Tom Rowland | Last Updated: 01 January 2019

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Mayor's report tells councillors to avoid political point scoring

By Tom Rowland | Last Updated: 04 February, 2019 2:00pm

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