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Friday, February 16, 2018 All of your local news FREE! Hamilton NEWS Too many are still struggling page 4-5 Join Tegan on trip of a lifetime page 12 SCHOOL SPIRIT SHINES AT MURAL BLESSING St Paul’s Collegiate student Dallas Taikato leads the school haka as they welcome Lady June Hillary and other guests to the unveiling and blessing of a new mural of Sir Edmund Hillary in Hamilton on Monday morning. The mural is a gift organised by the 2016 leavers of the school and was painted by former St Paul’s student and internationally acclaimed artist Owen Dippie.■ Full report and more photos — Page 16 Photo / Tom Rowland Make housing affordable Govt tells city council to fall in line with its KiwiBuild programme in special housing areas Tom Rowland Special housing areas in Hamilton will have to be at least 40 per cent affordable housing after Hamilton City Council changed its mind on the issue to fall in line with the Labour government’s policy. When the council adopted its Special Housing Areas policy in August, it rejected moves to specify an affordable housing minimum. Mayor Andrew King said at the time that the wider they could leave the policy open, the more room it would give council to choose which applications to approve. Now 40 per cent of SHAs will have to be affordable housing, which means qualifying under Labour’s KiwiBuild programme. According to Kiwibuild criteria, affordable houses outside of Auckland are likely to be priced from $300,000 to $500,000. At the first council meeting of the year, Mr King told councillors about the 40 per cent minimum request after he met with Minister for Housing and Urban Development Phil Twyford. Hamilton will be unlikely to sign off on special housing applications if a target of 40 per cent of affordable dwellings was not met, the mayor said. Mr King said he had replied to the minister’s request saying: “We would endeavour to do that when it comes to the sign-off.” One of Labour’s key election ■ Continued Page 2 This 24 week course covers practical skills such as tractor driving, safe use of quad bikes, fencing and chainsaw skills. You will also learn Occupational Safety & Health (OSH) practices and First Aid. Our Best Practice Farming course is designed to give you the units and experience you need to begin your farming journey. Students will experience time on a farm. Enrol Now! For more info phone 0800 872 466 Or txt AG to: 027 557 8839 www. 21 Ruakura Road, Hamilton