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Hauraki Mayor Toby Adams walks in this year's Waihi Anzac Parade. PHOTO: KELLEY TANTAU

$11k for Hauraki’s Anzac Parades

Around $11,000 was spent by Hauraki District Council for this year’s Anzac Day parades, $3000 more than what was required in 2021.
Figures quoted to the district council showed Waihī’s parade cost around $3375; Ngātea’s cost around $3030, and Paeroa’s parade was priced around $2160.
Including $1000 worth of traffic management plans, this equalled $10,999.75.
Due to the Covid-19 pandemic and its Delta and Omicron outbreaks, there were no civic parades in the Hauraki district for 2020 and 2022, meaning there was no cost to council.
In 2021, however, Paeroa’s parade was the most expensive at $3927. Ngātea’s parade cost 2651, while Waihī’s parade cost $1569.
Council told The Profile that the increase in costs between 2021 and 2023 was caused by changes to legislation for Waka Kotahi New Zealand Transport Agency, which came into effect in 2020.
This was in regards to health and safety due to accidents at traffic management sites, meaning the requirements for staff needed had increased significantly from previous years, council said.
Prior to 2020, Hauraki District Council could undertake traffic management with its internal staff.
Therefore, the cost for the 2018 Anzac Day parades for all three main town centres was around $4000.
For 2019, council provided a rough estimate of $3000.