Western Bay / Tauranga
Monday, May 12, 2014 at 10:43AM
Bill Barclay

There appears to be strong move afoot for Western Bay to join with Tauranga City. 

This is not surprising, and the sudden move has been brought about by the imminent replacement of retiring Western Bay CEO Glen Snelgrove - a move that has been rejected by Chair Ross Paterson even though it makes eminent sense to avoid a substantial contracted payout for the appointee were the amalgamation to go ahead.

Why I raise it here is the detectable rumbling going on in Whangamata regarding the apparent comparative deterioration in the situation of that Board area relative to other board areas in this District. Nothing much is planned for Whangamata, and there is distinct unhappiness that the LLP's that they will be required to help fund leave them out in the cold. 

Amalgamation with a Tauranga/Western Bay unit may have far greater attraction that staying with the Coromandel option. There is also a strong geographical logic in such an arrangement. On the other hand, Whangamata rate-payers need to be very cognisant with the Tauranga debt situation before committing - it may be even worse than that facing the possible Hauraki/Coromandel amalgamation.

But don't rule it out. My feeling is that there is a strong element in Whangamata, even amongst its representatives that may well move for an examination of this option before too long.




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