South Waikato District Council’s building consent process is going online using a product called AlphaOne.
“We’re very excited about this move,” said Kevin Duthie, Council’s Building Control Manager. “Besides the obvious benefits of going digital, the key driver for this change is to improve the customer experience around building consents.”
AlphaOne is an end-to-end online building consent system. It is a Council and client facing cloud based IT platform that is proven to transform building control workflow and service delivery to the public.
Currently customers phone in to check how their consent is progressing and sometimes an Officer is not available to answer their query. With the new online system, designers, builders, developers, registered users can log in to the portal, and watch the progress of their consent online in real time.
South Waikato is not leading the charge in online building consenting but we’re certainly at the forefront of the pack. Our online building consenting process goes live on 10 July.
Assistance will be provided for the public during a transition period. The building team has been liaising with regular users like designers, builders and developers.
The online consenting process will save time for both staff and those in our community using the system, provide for superior recording, improved reporting, more visibility for users and staff, allowing clients to track their own consents when it suits them.
“We are thrilled to be offer our community an end-to-end online building consent solution that will benefit our many stakeholders,” said Kevin.
With the next races for the America’s Cup due to start early Sunday morning, we thought it would be a good opportunity to think about some of the different meanings that ‘lay’ can have.
Our new quiz features some of these possible meanings, depending on the context in which ‘lay’ is used. Some cases have become familiar idioms.
So don’t take a quiz lay day, instead lay right into it – don’t be a layabout.
Or as Shakespeare said,“Lay on, Macduff, and damned be him who first cries ‘Hold! enough!’” [As an aside, this quote was commonly given in the old school days to illustrate the use of a quoted speech.]
The Putaruru St John Youth Division hosted the Waikato District Competition for the Penguin and Junior cadets today. Teams came from the wider Waikato District with approximately 85-90 cadets attending.
The events were held at St John Hall on Overdale Road.
Each team put the skills they had learnt at their division within different scenarios – First Aid, Improvisation, Caregivers, Drill, Communication and a fun test for the Juniors. For the Penguins it was First Aid, Improvisation, Caregivers, Inspection, Communication and a Fun Test.
The Juniors age group is from 8 half – 10 years and the penguins age is from 6 – 8 half years.
They were judged and marked on their performance. The team with the highest marks received medals and ribbons. Volunteers became the patients done up with mock injuries.
It was a great time for the young cadets to get involved with this kind of competition as it gives them a lot of confidence when working with people with real injuries.
A large audience came out last night for the Fieldays Rural Bachelors Night at the Plaza, Putaruru.
After introducing themselves they participated in an intriguing variety of activities, much to the amusement of the audience.
The activities included bed making, (after which they had to persuade an audience member to get in), what’s in the nappy, tossing the water bottle, a memory tray, guess the cheeses, what’s in the container, catch a fish, and assemble a ball cock.
There were auctions of goods donated by local businesses, a Young Farmers v Rural Bachelors challenge, smoothie making, ice the cake and the making up and parading of bachelorettes.
The winner of the Best Product Promoter was Ross and the overall Putaruru Rural Bachelor 2017 Winner, after all the activity scores were counted, was Scott.
The organising group thanks all the sponsors and they will be detailed in the next Prattler coming out in 2 weeks along with video and stills coverage of the evening.
The Plaza Theatre is being transformed for the Fieldays Bachelors tonight with doors opening at 6:15pm – some tickets will be held for sale at the door – $20 each. The evening starts at 7:00pm and food and drinks are available to purchase.
At midnight last night the clock stopped for the Photograph Our Area activity with all photos to be sent digitally by 4:00pm this afternoon to the previously outlined drop off points. Here’s a brief peak at 2 that have been suppled so far.
The South Waikato District Council hosted the Local Government New Zealand Zone 2 meeting last Friday.
Zone meetings are held across New Zealand, providing councils in geographic areas with an opportunity for communication, collaboration and information sharing.
There are six zones in the country; Zone 2 stretches from Gisborne in the south to Coromandel in the north, South Waikato in the west to the east coast.
Mayor Jenny Shattock was pretty excited about hosting Zone 2 as “this is the first time we have hosted the event.”
“It gave us an opportunity to talk shop about various issues facing councils collectively,” she said. “These discussions are essential for councils to learn from each other, use each other’s strengths, ask for guidance and assistance and ensure that we work collaboratively where possible across the sector and region.”
The meeting also provided an opportunity for Council to showcase two of our more bold projects like the Tokoroa Road Rail Terminal and the South Waikato Trade Training facilities.
“Hosting Zone 2 gave us the opportunity to showcase to our peers how a small rural council can deliver on its commitment to retaining our youth in the district, providing for youth training and industry collaboration and our commitment to long term business development and growth that recognises our central position and the opportunity that this, along with our road and rail links, provides in developing a South Waikato distribution hub,” she concluded.
The South Waikato District Council adopted the Annual Plan for the 2017-18 financial year at the Council meeting of 11 May. The final average rates revenue increase is 3.9%. Individual rates increase will fluctuate.
To keep our rates increase modest some initiatives will feed into the development of the 2018-28 Long Term Plan rather than be included in the recently adopted 2017-18 Annual Plan.
“Council is focussing on some key areas over the coming year,” said Ben Smit, Council’s Deputy Chief Executive. “These include increased attention to general maintenance in our towns, especially our CBD areas, improved community engagement, development of town concept plans and residential growth planning.”
Most of Council’s Fees and Charges have increased by 3% inflation as per our previous Long Term Plan. However we have kept several fees at the current rate (ie, no increase). These include most of the fees at the libraries, South Waikato Sport and Events Centre and the pools as we recognise that keeping fees as low as possible for our leisure facilities is important. We have also included some new fees in the building control area, animal control service and council facilities.
“What is exciting for our community is that there is more engagement and consultation opportunities coming in the coming months so that we can further refine ideas and initiatives for the LTP,” continued Mr Smit. “It is key to remember that our LTP further engagement will be happening much earlier in the process than normal.”
The full adopted Annual Plan and the Fees and Charges for the 2017-18 year are available below: (There are 3 parts to make downloading easier.)
The organisers are busy ticking off the lists for the NZ Fieldays event at the Plaza June 15 from 6:30pm.
√ decorations and props
√ bachelors sorted
√ bachelor activities throughout the night arranged
√ judges sorted
√ drinks available to purchase
√ food to purchase, (from 6:30 and in breaks)
• Cheese platters, various sizes, (Putaruru Guides)
• Sausages in bread (sauce too of course)
• Steak sandwiches (Rangiura fundraiser)
√ tug of war with local farmers
√ ticket sales, already well over 100
* great community sponsorship
* we will have 8 auctions sponsored locally, all to be posted this week
* bachelorettes event, more details this week
* a Putaruru welcome for Fielday bachelors
* finalise fundraising details
Make sure you get your ticket, don’t miss out.
* A big THANK YOU to NZ Fieldays.
* This event is hosted and supported by locals fundraising for locals.
The South Waikato District Council released information on Friday about a revised red sticker system to be left at a property if the rubbish is not collected.
Council’s Services Manager Andrew Pascoe explains that the key reasons for the change is health and safety and time constraints.
“When crates are too full and material drops out as it is lifted into the truck, our Contractor spends too much time collecting and cleaning up spilled material,” said Mr Pascoe. “When crates are too heavy it is unsafe to lift and has the potential to cause back and other injuries.”
We believe overfilled crates and the resulting spilled material that needs picking up is the reason that the recycling days have been running later than normal. It is a good idea too, to put lighter items at the bottom on a windy day so that they do not blow around, again for the contractor to pick up.
“Council appreciates the numbers of residents who do the right thing for the environment and the life of our own landfill by recycling, but we do need to be mindful that kerbside recycling is the first step in a chain and needs to be done well,” said Mr Pascoe.
If residents are finding they consistently have more recycling than will fit in the two crates, additional crates can be purchased from the Council offices for just $10 each.
Alternatively extra recycling can be dropped at our recycling depots in Tīrau Street, at the Putaruru Transfer Station, at the Tokoroa Landfill on Newell Road or at the Croad Place Recycling Centre.
there are still those that dump their rubbish without a care for the community at all!