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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!

When officialdom railroads a resident for a road

OPINION: What happens when you take a stand against Hamilton City council? Murray and Margaret Shaw have spent nearly three decades developing several hectares of prime Peacocke land  - not forRead more

Is it sensible for councils to use public money to bail out public entities?

OPINION: Historically, councils grew out of road and water boards, but these days, it seems like they exist to bail out bad public spending programmes. Auckland Council has committed $63 million toRead more

A game of policy leaves Hamilton architect crestfallen

OPINION: I am not a fan of politics and the games politicians play. I am, however, very interested in policy. This is the framework that defines our future, so it is important to get it right.Read more

Why good people do bad things to each other

OPINION: The infamous Stanford University Prison Experiment pitted two groups of students against each other. One group was asked to role-play prisoners, and the other group acted as the guards. TheRead more

Time for council to seek feedback

OPINION: When your waiter or waitress asks you " is everything all right with your meal?", it's because the managers genuinely want to here if there are any problems. Like many Kiwis, I hateRead more

Something rotten with the state of building

OPINION: Thank you to all the readers who give great feedback on these columns. Your stories of your own battles with bureaucracy motivate me to keep writing. Suggestions for topics are always welcomRead more

Slaves to process are not what we need

OPINION: Serial rapist Malcolm Rewa is currently being tried for the horrific 1992 murder of Susan Burdett. The case is infamous because Teina Pora was wrongfully imprisoned for twenty years andRead more

Grim prediction for Hamilton's housing debt

OPINION: In 1998 I wrote to the Department of Building and Housing about what I saw as an imminent crisis in the building industry. One of my builders had contacted me about a project just startingRead more

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

It's never pretty when bureaucrats and innovators collide

OPINION: Late last year a Port Chalmers resident got into a spot of bother with the Dunedin City Council. He was building a boat on a land-locked section and living in it while working on it.Read 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

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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Fresh blow for Hamilton mayor's central park plan

By Tom Rowland | Last Updated: 3 March, 2019 2:41pm

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Undemocratic and uneconomic local government is in a bind

By Phil Quin | Last Updated: 05:00, March 04 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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Candidates wage war over rates

By Tom Rowland | Last Updated: 18 April, 2019 8:48am

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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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Hamilton's proposed annual plan before council

By Tom Rowland | Last Updated: 08 March, 2019 9:50am

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Redacted - how information the public should know about disappears from view

By Nikki Macdonald | Last Updated: 07.03, 15 March 2019 

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Hamilton mayoralty candidates wage war over rates

By Tom Rowland | Last Updated: 18 April, 2019 8:48am

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New public media fund to boost regional news coverage

By Rick Neville | Last Updated: 10:00am, 27 May, 2019

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