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NAPIER MAIL, JULY 13, 2011
NEW: 2-Bedroom Villas
in Retirement Village
Just Three Blocks From
The Taradale Shops
These new villas include an ensuited
master bedroom, open plan living, single
car garage, and more. The village --
Atawhai - also offers rest home and
hospital level care.
Here's what three of our residents had
to say about living at Atawhai:
"I had every help - in many ways - during the
transition from my own home"
"Our experience (of moving to Atawhai)
was a transition from a busy street where
we last resided to a much more peaceful
Emmy and Andy Cornelisse
"Before I moved in I had very little
knowledge of life in a Retirement Village. But
it was not long before I made new friends"
Available from $ 299,000*, to view these
new villas please contact Jeanette
Moynihan on (06) 845 9711 (extn. 7012)
or 027 553 5655.
Atawhai Lifestyle Care & Village
421 Gloucester Street, Taradale
* Ongoing service fees apply
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Mayor's campaign 'secret, sudden'
By CAROLYN VEEN
Hastings mayor Lawrence Yule s
campaign to amalgamate local
councils is seen as secretive, sud-
den and somewhat suspicious by
some Napier city councillors,
including Bill Dalton, who has
plenty of questions he wants
Why the secrecy and why the
rush? he asks. Last year, Law-
rence Yule was elected mayor fol-
lowing a campaign largely funded
by anonymous donations.
And that s OK -- I m not
suggesting any wrongdoing on
Lawrence s part, but now he
appears to be representing a
secret squirrel society which is
hell-bent on amalgamation.
The members of this secret
band, who unlike Lawrence s cam-
paign supporters are known to
him, seem determined to keep
their identities secret.
Why don t they just front up
and openly add their opinions to
the debate? Presumably they have
put together a good case for amal-
gamation, so why don t they
simply share it with us?
In fact why don t they share it
with Lawrence because he obvi-
ously has no idea how amalgama-
tion is going to magically make us
If he did, I am sure, in his open
and honest manner, he would be
telling us about it. Instead we are
being told what is wrong, that we
should amalgamate and that all
will be better. It s simply not good
enough, says Cr Dalton.
Conducting a furtive survey
without consulting the councils
involved seems to contradict the
principle of working together, he
says. This feasibility study that
Lawrence wants our council to
contribute to has no terms of ref-
Why would we toss $50,000
into the pot without knowing the
terms of reference? We need to see
the terms before we even consider
it. Until the proponents of amal-
gamation are prepared to share
their business plan and vision
with us all, we will get all sorts of
irrelevant and erroneous infor-
mation being bandied about.
Cr Dalton has little confidence
in reviews and feasibility studies
because he says the people that
conduct them often work back
from the result they want, making
it a justification exercise.
If they ask patsy questions
that support the pro-amalga-
mation case without asking the
same sort of question that support
the anti-amalgamation case, then
it s not a feasibility study at all.
Cr Dalton is not totally against
amalgamation and believes it is
inevitable one day, but says a
great deal of work needs to be
done before committing to the
It s not right to toss the
councils together in a shotgun
If you look at
term plan, which
is on target to
have $98 million
worth of debt,
Napier s target for
the same period is
To throw us all
together at this
stage with huge
differences is not a good idea.
First we need to work closer and
closer together, co-operatively and
collaboratively, and then eventu-
ally we ll get to a point where we
say we re now working so closely
together that we might as well
merge or it s working so well as it
is that we ll leave it as it is. But
we need to get to that point first .
Shirley has 35 years experience
as a soft furnishing consultant,
and she would love to show
you our beautiful range of
drapes and blinds. Shirley can
advise the best solution for both
domestic and commercial
Measure & quote
Ph: 843 9134
158 Taradale Rd, Napier • Ph: 843 9134
By NEILL GORDON
Hawke s Bay Regional Council s
Napier leaseholders should be
offered a 15 to 20 per cent discount
on top of existing discounts of up to
30 per cent to freehold their proper-
ties, council staff recommend in a
report to be debated today.
Further incentives for owners of
cross-leased land of up to $1000 for
legal costs are also recommended.
Council is keen to improve its rate
of return on the $80.3 million it has
invested in the ex-harbour board
properties and many leaseholders
are struggling to pay their ground
Rent from the portfolio in the year
to June 30 is estimated at $2.6m -- a
3.2 per cent return.
Some Napier pensioners with
annual incomes under $20,000 are
paying the Hawke s Bay Regional
Council up to $7690 a year in ground
Of the council s 1026 lessees, the
number with rent arrears outstand-
ing for more than 90 days almost
doubled from 60 to 115 in the second
half of 2010.
Sixty per cent of lessees face rent
reviews within the next 10 years
which will see annual ground rents
increase from less than $2000 to
between $2000 and $10,000.
When council offered leaseholders
a 5 per cent discount on free holding
in 2003/04 sales shot up from less
than 50 a year to more than 200.
Report author Paul Drury, the
council s corporate services manager,
suggests that the discount offer
should expire on June 30, 2012, and
after that the cash flows from the
portfolio would be sold to investors.
Mr Drury outlines five options for
council: sell the portfolio to the
leaseholders at a discount, sell to
external investors, sell the cash
flows to external investors, sell to
leaseholders by acting as guarantor
on mortgages or option five, a mix of
options one to three.
However, the council is prevented
by law from selling the freeholds to
external investors, but is able to sell
the rent stream to an investor for a
Although a substantial discount
will increase the number of sales,
leaseholders of cross-leased proper-
ties in particular would have major
difficulties taking up the option
within 12 months, he says.
As at June 30, 490 of the leases
were cross-leased with between two
and eight cross leaseholders holding
property in common.
To freehold all parties must agree
to purchase their leaseholds, mean-
ing any one leaseholder can
effectively veto the sale.
Of the 1026 leases, 585 are held by
owner-occupiers and 441 by
People who could afford to freehold
have already done so, Mr Drury says.
Many of the cross-leased proper-
ties have elderly and low-income
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