Motakiora/Brook Park top section closed until further notice
For health and safety reasons, Waitomo District Council has closed the top section of Motakiora/ Brook Park for ALL recreational use until further notice.
As a result of the weekend’s heavy rainfall event, a section of track to the summit is hazardous and a large slip has taken out part of the mountain bike track, which is also popular with walkers.
There is risk of further multiple slips and damage if the rain continues.
The rotunda and toilet is still accessible, however we urge residents and users to exercise caution if entering this area.
Signage advising of the closure will be erected onsite soon. Please do not venture into the red zone.
Thank you for your understanding and co-operation.

WDC questions NZTU staff efficiency information

8 Dec 2020, 11:45 AM

Waitomo District Council (WDC) has questioned the basis of today’s Ratepayers' Report released by The New Zealand Taxpayers' Union (NZTU).


The report claims WDC is the least efficient council in terms of staffing, which WDC chief executive, Chris Ryan says “simply isn’t true”.


“We’re continuously looking at how we can operate more efficiently and improve value for our ratepayers. To say we’re the least efficient is frustrating, as the report isn’t comparing apples with apples.  We have pointed this out on previous occasions, but they continue to report inflated numbers.”


The report states the WDC group employs 211 full time staff, which combines WDC employee numbers with those of Inframax Construction Limited (ICL).


“The use of the Group combined number, which includes Inframax employees is misleading. The Inframax construction company is a separate legal entity and operates completely separately to the Council and cannot be included in any measure of WDC staff efficiency.


As at 30 June 2020, we employed 71 full time equivalent (FTE) staff. If you take Inframax staff out we sit at 1 staff member for every 60 households which is comparable, if not better than some other rural councils.”


WDC also confirmed that no WDC employees received severance payments for the year ended 30 June 2020 and none had been displaced as a result of COVID-19.