Council Matters with Hauraki District Mayor Toby Adams
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Posted April 08, 2020
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Hauraki District Mayor Toby Adams phoned in for a chat with Brian Gentil about how things are going in his patch.
Toby has been looking after his fitness at home cycling in the garage and the Mayor was pleased to report everyone in his family is alive in his house after nearly two weeks into lockdown.
Despite being at home council work continues to ensure water, rubbish and all the other essential services council provides are working and maintained.
Mayor Toby said people should not stop ringing in service requests, “It doesn’t matter what it is, just get those service requests in - they will be dealt with.”
Brian asked Mayor Toby for his general feel on how things are going in the community with two weeks down. The Mayor mentioned there has been an increase in family violence and the need for food parcels has gone up, which is understandable with everyone feeling the pinch.
He also accentuated the positive about how New Zealand has not only flattened the COVID-19 curve - we’ve squashed it. He said the way we’ve done it is absolutely fantastic, adding, hopefully when we come out the other side it doesn’t take us long to recover. He reminded people we’re all in this together and encouraged them to share their problems.
Brian mentioned Easter coming up and Mayor Adams reiterated what the Prime Minister said about the Easter Bunny being an essential service. He said road checks are in place now and being rolled out over popular hot spots. He reminded people to stay home and talked about potential risks involved with activities like fishing saying everybody is sacrificing something - it’s only a month.
Mayor Toby also had a message for anyone struggling to pay rates. He said there are ways council can help to work through any issues. Council will be looking to see what they can do to mitigate rate costs and will also work to stimulate the economy and create jobs again.
“There are not a lot of people out and about apart from those going to the supermarket or chemist in their vehicle or out walking the dog or going for a quick cycle. That’s pleasing to see,” he said.”The family dog has had its expectations for daily walks raised.”
Click play on our podcast to hear the full interview with Hauraki District Mayor Toby Adams.