“It’s embarrassing, quite frankly. The Rates Control Team voted against a 1.3 per cent rates increase because they wanted a 0.9 per cent increase. This is the leadership for the Waikato, no wonder the rest of the country laughs at us.”
Mr Hanna, who plans to stand for Waitomo district mayor again at the local body elections in October, criticised the regional council at one of its own meetings in May, when he said councillors were engaged in “petty politics” rather than engaging with local leaders to create a strong Waikato voice.
Responding to the promotion of the regional council’s policy and transport group manager Vaughan Payne as chief executive Mr Hanna said: “Don’t ask me to comment on that in public.”
Meanwhile Waitomo District Council is being asked to give the next council a pay rise of between 3.45 per cent and 12.13 per cent.