Allan Sanson has just been re-elected as Mayor of the Waikato District Council. This will be his third term in the position.
The Post’s Emma Sharplin asked him about his plans for this term, and what North Waikato residents can expect in the near future.
What issues will you be focusing on first for Waikato, especially the in Onewhero, Meremere, Tuakau, Waiuku and Mercer areas?
The Waikato District is going through phenomenal growth at the moment and this is likely to continue for a considerable number of years. My aim is to make sure that we maximise the benefits from that growth for the ratepayers. The aim is to make sure that we have appropriate infrastructure in place so we do not hinder that growth.
The north Waikato region which includes Onewhero-Tuakau will see changes through the Plan Change 16 which is allowing a considerable number of new residential dwellings within Tuakau. This is stage one of what will be a staged process to manage growth in the northern Waikato. This will no doubt bring opportunities for the communities in the north Waikato around services and appropriate retail, that help underpin a vibrant community.
What projects are you looking forward to the most? Can we expect any big changes in the coming months?
There is always changes in the wind within the Waikato District at the moment and I am sure there will be some announcements around new industry moving into the area bringing some employment opportunities for locals. I will be working with the newly elected Tuakau-Onewhero Community Board and have been working alongside Councillor Church with the newly appointed Pokeno Community Committee, working hard to establish what the community’s needs are for the future. This is largely a new community.
You have several fresh faces on the Onewhero-Tuakau Community Board, what does this mean for our community?
New faces bring in new ideas and I have already been talking to some of them around what changes they would like and I see this as an exciting new chapter for the community board.
I am extremely appreciative of the support I have received as Mayor of the Waikato District and look forward to that continued support going forward.