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Heritage > Mervyn Kemp Oral History, Part 7

Recorded 24th September 1995

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Part 7, (28.4MB)


Time marker: Summary:
00' 40" Discusses priorities: roads, football fields. Working bees for fields not strongly responded to.
02' 00" Council building built. Opposed building of new one to save funds. Discusses funding of new building.
04' 00" Library building ('Mervyn Kemp') discussed. Prior to this relied on Country Library Service. First building built mostly by skilled volunteer labour. When second building opened became community building used by scouts.
10' 00" Discusses shortage of funds as eternal factor in policy making. Explains policy on amenities, council's role in maintaining them. Labour saving/minimising works within council as cost-cutting measure.
14' 00" New building delayed for cost-cutting. Minimised work on guttering etc.
17' 20" Initially did annual reports himself until one year was missed and no one noticed.
19'00" Following example of Dunedin City, Tawa adopts rates payments by instalments. Despite advice of audit office allowed one payment annually. Eventually adopted nationwide.
24'20" Rating reform discussed. Essential spending only led to surpluses. Allowed for construction of council building.
27'40" Power credits. One cheque for power and rates.
28'40" Swimming Pool built after much fundraising, only pool for miles.

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