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Council fears amalgamation
could quieten residents
By MATHEW GROCOTT
Residents voices will be harder to
hear if councils are amalgamated
under proposed local government
reforms, Rangitikei district council-
lors have warned.
A meeting of the council last
Thursday began with a discussion of
the reforms, which were recently
Cr Ed Cherry said he expected to
see pressure from the Government
for councils to amalgamate along
provincial boundaries, something he
was concerned about.
"The voice of the people ends up
further from where they live, " he
Rangitikei District Mayor Chalky
Leary attended a meeting of mayors
and chief executives with Local Gov-
ernment Minister Nick Smith on
Tuesday evening, the day before he
resigned his ministerial portfolios.
Gerry Brownlee has taken over
the local government role in Cabinet
temporarily and there were not
expected to be any changes to the
proposed reforms after Dr Smith s
Mr Leary said Dr Smith was con-
cerned about the number of
"He clearly thinks there are too
"He made it clear the Government
will stick to its promise not to force
amalgamations but they will
Mr Leary said if Rangitikei did
merge with neighbouring councils it
would effectively be absorbed
because of its smaller population.
He warned that if Rangitikei
merged with Manawatu and Palm-
erston North there would possibly
be only two Rangitikei representa-
tives on a new council.
Although there are no public
plans for amalgamation of those
councils, the suggestion has been
aired in the past.
Mr Leary was attending a meet-
ing of local authorities in Danne-
virke and said he would make it
clear what Rangitikei s expectations
would be before it could agree to any
On Monday, Dr Smith warned
councils to tighten their belts.
Mr Leary said Rangitikei was
already doing what he wanted.
"I told Dr Smith we don t spend
money on anything but the
essentials, but we can t do what we
were required to do and keep rates
increases below 5 per cent.
"He agreed to disagree with me;
he believed it was unsustainable, I
believe it s unavoidable."
Cr Lynne Sheridan said increased
regulatory requirements from the
Government were pushing up rates
standards, for example, meant that
councils had to buy more sophisti-
cated treatment plants, often for use
on several sites across a district.
Proud of relationship with Ohakea
Strong links: Chalky Leary, Rangitikei
By CHALKY LEARY Rangitikei District
The Rangitikei district has enjoyed
a long association with the Ohakea
Air Force base, particularly Bulls.
Aircraft memorabilia is on display
all over the place and a lot of Bulls
people are serving, or have served,
at the base.
When the Air Force maintained
strike aircraft those of us further
north loved to see the jets fly over.
When I was a child growing up in
the hills north-west of Hunterville,
the Vampire jets were often over-
head and my father actually saw
The pilot ejected safely and dad
watched the plane disappear behind
the hills and the pilot parachute to
The plane was a complete wreck
and because there was no practical
way to retrieve it in those days,
most of it remained where it lay.
Later, the Skyhawks came and
occasionally they were so low that
the colours were clearly visible.
Now it is the Iroquois that whack
whack whack their way around
and it won t be long before we see
the new helicopters.
We in Rangitikei, are proud to be
linked to Ohakea.
I am looking forward to the Air
Show and 75th Anniversary
celebrations; it will be a magnificent
As mayor of Rangitikei I con-
gratulate everyone past and present
at Ohakea for their contribution to
our district and our country.
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