Towns need a lot of work to make them tick.
A lot of this work falls back to a place called ‘Council’. You may know these guys as the ones that build the footpaths and sort your recycling, but that’s just the start of it.
For Waipa, we spend around $100 million each year on making our towns awesome. Rates are one of the ways councils get money. An average rates bill works out to be around $208 per month. Sounds a lot, but when you compare it to how much you pay for just the one service of power each month, it's pretty good going.
Take a tiki-tour and find out what really is involved in running your town.
As well as the Waikato River, we have 19 lakes – including our world famous one called Karapiro. While looking after the water sits with the regional council, we make sure these lakes are surrounded by good facilities - toilets, planting, walkways etc
We may be known for our cows but Waipa also loves their dogs. We have 8000 of them, so that’s around one dog per six people. Our job is to keep our dogs and our community as safe as possible.
Ever wondered what happens to all the water when we get a heavy downpour? We have nearly 400km of pipes and drains to collect water so you don’t end up knee deep in it. That’s enough to go from Cambridge to Palmerston North.
We don’t put them out, but we do our best to stop them from going out of control by setting restricted fire seasons and managing fire permit applications.
We’re in charge when it all turns to custard.
Whether it’s a massive storm, cyclone, flooding or oil spill, as soon as there is an emergency, we will be geared up at our Civil Defence HQ and make sure plans are in place to help everyone be as safe as they can be.
Each month we collect a lot of your recycling - 3000 tonnes in fact which is the same weight as around 47 T-Rex dinosaurs!
We make sure houses are built properly so our residents are safe and warm. We process more than 1000 building consents a year, that’s a further 9000 on-site checks and a whole lot of plans to look through and sign off. Waipa is growing fast!
Not only are we growing, we are aging and by 2041 more than a 1/3 of us will be over 65! We own around 130 pensioner housing units that are there to make sure our over 65s can have a warm safe place to live.
We provide 132 parks and reserves for you to enjoy – that’s a whole lot of swing’n and slid’n... and lawn mowing, gardening, rubbish collecting, signage making...plus a whole lot of decisions about where they should go, how big they should be, what they should include...
Whether you love them or hate them, speed limits are a must. We set the speed limits so you can know how fast you should safely travel.
We provide parking around the district and in some places we set limits for how long you can park for. This isn’t just because we like to be annoying...having parking limits means there's spaces for different people in and out of town...and it's a way of stop you having to say ‘There’s no parks!’
There’s no excuse not to exercise in Waipa! We maintain more than 160km of footpaths and cycleways...and get to plan where new ones should go. A fit-bit is definitely a good investment around here.
As well as looking at the now, we spend time thinking about and planning for the future of our towns. We look at things like where everything should go and how everyone will best fit in....while at the same time keeping the special character of our towns intact.
We take care of your 1s and 2s after you flush the loo. And Waipa flushes the loo a lot! All up we collect and treat 3.2 billion litres of wastewater every year.
On top of this, we also provide a whole heap of public toilets around the place - at your service, yes we are!
It may look like we have a lot of water around in our lakes and rivers but before you can even think about drinking it, it needs to go through a big treatment process at our water treatment plants.
Each year, we treat and supply the district with more than nine billion litres of drinkable water – that’s over 200,000 litres per person...and a lot of happy gardens.
We look after more than 1000km of road – that’s about the same length as Cambridge to Wellington and back! We’re always working on new projects to make sure you can get from A – B as easily, and safely as possible.
Whether you prefer to freestyle, backstroke or you're simply trying to master your underwater handstand, we provide two pool complexes for your swimming leisure.
How did we become who we are today? We recognise and celebrate our history and help to tell the stories of the ‘good old days.’
There's not many of us who don't like to go out to enjoy a good meal or cold bevvy. We put checks in place and do a whole lot of monitoring to make sure where you're eating and drinking is safe, super hygienic - and law abiding!
We’re the Home of Champions - we make fun happen! We fund, support and host all sorts of events that add to our towns' awesomeness. Check out whatsonwaipa.co.nz to find out more.
Development allows our towns to grow and become even better. We make sure Waipa is put on show to developers and aim to make it as easy as possible to set up and do business with us.
All up we have more than 140,000 books, DVDs and puzzles available to borrow from our two libraries. With more than two thirds of our entire population signed up as members, we definitely make the most of every single one of them!
People like to talk. Each year, we pick up the phone to more than 72,000 calls about anything and everything! Add to this emails, Facebook posts and face to face meetings. That’s a whole lot of chatting about everything that goes into making our towns tick.