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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!

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

Principles

The Dilbert Principle Based on a cartoon about office workers by Scott Adams, this rule states that companies tend to systematically promote their least competent employees to management (generallyRead more

Where does the money come from?

Most of the debt is owed to the Local Government Funding Agency Ltd (LGFA). This may sound like a government department, but it is actually a private company. The ownership is mainly (80%) a group ofRead more

Claudelands Events Centre

The building cost $68.5 million and opened in 2011.  According to the council-commissioned 2009 business case, it was supposed to host 316 events in its first year and generate a $1.1 million surpluRead more

Adding insult to injury

The plight of Pokeno homeowners is appalling. Four families with their life-savings tied up in their houses are being held to ransom by Waikato District Council. Resembling Tauranga’s Bella VistaRead more

Toilet Tax

Auckland Council is proposing a toilet tax. Its purpose is to raise a billion dollars over the next twenty years to pay for a new sewer line needed now. After decades of underfunding infrastructureRead more

Council's Business Cycle

One principle of business cycle economic theory is that governments can take a longer term view than the free market, and can act in an opposite way to the business cycle. When the economy is inRead more

Hamilton City Council Under Review

The Hamilton Residents and Ratepayers Association Incorporated is a group of people who want the best for our city. Hamilton is a great place to live and work, and we want it to get better. None ofRead 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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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 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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Ratepayer's group complains to SFO over buy-ups

By Nikki Preston | Last Updated: October 12, 2018

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Council under fire over purchases

By Tom Rowland | 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

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

By Nikki Preston | Last Updated 9th 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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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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Million-dollar Waikato Plan at a crossroads, Hamilton Mayor Andrew King brands it a talkfest

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

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Hamilton City Council voting system under fire

By Tom Rowland | Last Updated: 26 October 2018

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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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Flat $500 charge in Hamilton rate proposal irks landlords

By Libby Wilson | Last Updated: 15:11, 18 May 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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Landlords can sinks to beat 'astonishing' rates hike

By Elton Smallman | Last Updated: October 18, 2018

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Time for a rejig in City Hall

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

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Hamilton developers say red tape, planning rules hindering city growth

By Aaron Leeman | Last updated:15.57, Nov 14th 2018

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