Local Govt | National News Video | Parliament Headlines | Politics Headlines | Search

 

Waihi Home Owners Offered Deal

Issued by Hauraki District Council
31 October 2002.

NEWS RELEASE
For immediate release

Waihi Home Owners Offered Deal

Hauraki District Council tonight released details of a package to be offered to 27 private residential property owners affected by risk from the old abandoned mine workings.

Mayor Basil Morrison told more than 80 people at a meeting at Waihi that Government and the Newmont Waihi Operations had agreed to fund the package.

The market value of the 27 properties is around $3 million.

Approval for Government’s contribution to the package came from a meeting of a cabinet sub-committee in Wellington earlier in the day.

The first group of property owners to be offered the package are within the high, medium and low risk zones of the Royal and Empire Lodes and includes several properties on the margins of these zones.

Mr Morrison said the package provided the property owners an opportunity to accept full market value for their homes.

The market value would be based on valuation of properties prior to the release of the Risk Assessment report commissioned by the Council.

Property owners could also choose to have their homes relocated elsewhere in Waihi.

In addition to the physical cost of relocation, the owners would also receive an ex-gratia payment of $2,000 and a further $500 towards legal expenses, as provided for under the Public Works Act.

Mr Morrison said residents in the medium and low risk zones could also choose to remain in their homes and accept the risks involved.

The final option was for owners to reject the package and to consider independent action.

Properties sold are to be transferred into the ownership of the mining company with a longer term view of being incorporated for recreational purposes into the final mine closure plans.

The affected property owners are expected to receive individual offers shortly.

Mr Morrison acknowledged the help of Associate Minister on Energy, Harry Duynhoven, appointed by Government to manage negotiations with the District Council and the mining company.

He also thanked the mining company for its willingness to contribute to the package.

Meanwhile, council’s general manager, Langley Cavers, said exploratory drilling is continuing above the Edward Lode where a further 33 properties are possibly affected.

Nineteen of these properties are in the high to medium risk zones, 12 of which are residential with 6 in private ownership. Five business properties are also involved.

Mr Cavers said that the future of these properties would not be known for several weeks.

ENDS

© Scoop Media

 
 
 
Parliament Headlines | Politics Headlines | Regional Headlines

PM's Speech: NZ Moves To Red


Nine COVID-19 cases reported yesterday in the Nelson/Marlborough region have now been confirmed as the Omicron variant, and a further case from the same household was confirmed late yesterday....
More>>

ALSO:


Gordon Campbell: On Responding To The Need In Tonga


The power of the Tonga eruption (and the size of the aid response being mounted) have been sobering indications of the scale of this disaster. The financial impact is certain to exceed the damage done by Cyclone Harold two years ago, which was estimated at the time to cost $US111 million via its effects on crops, housing and tourism facilities. This time, the tsunami damage, volcanic ash, sulphur dioxide contamination and villager relocation expenses are likely to cost considerably more to meet...
More>>



 
 



Science Media Centre: Omicron Outbreak Would Move The Country To Red - Expert Reaction

The Prime Minister has announced if Omicron cases spread into the community, the country will move to the traffic light system's Red setting within 48 hours. Jacinda Ardern also mentioned there will be changes to the country's testing regime, with more use of Rapid Antigen Tests... More>>


Government: New Zealand Prepared To Send Support To Tonga

New Zealand is ready to assist Tonga in its recovery from Saturday night’s undersea eruption and tsunami, Foreign Affairs Minister Nanaia Mahuta and Defence Minister Peeni Henare said today... More>>


Ministry of Health: COVID-19 Immunisation Starts For 5 To 11-year-old Tāmariki

More than 120,000 doses of the child (paediatric) Pfizer vaccine have been delivered to over 500 vaccination sites around New Zealand as health providers prepare to start immunising 5 to 11-year-olds tamariki from today, 17 January... More>>



Statistics: Departures Lift Border Crossing Numbers

The number of people crossing New Zealand’s border went up in November 2021, mostly due to an increase in departures, Stats NZ said today. There were 28,700 border crossings in November 2021, made up of 12,300 arrivals and 16,400 departures... More>>


Financial Services Federation: Open Letter To Government From Non-bank Lenders: The Path Forward On CCCFA Changes
Responsible lenders are not interested in telling the Government “I told you so” when it comes to unintended consequences of changes to lending laws that are now causing grief for everyday Kiwis seeking finance... More>>

CTU: Too Many Kiwi Workers Financially Vulnerable As Omicron Looms
With New Zealand on the precipice of an Omicron outbreak and the economic upheaval that comes with it, the CTU’s annual Mood of the Workforce Survey shows the vast majority of kiwi workers do not have the financial resources to survive a period of unemployment... More>>

 
 
 
 
 
 

LATEST HEADLINES

  • PARLIAMENT
  • POLITICS
  • REGIONAL
 
 

InfoPages News Channels