Rimmington takes another tilt at regional council headquarters

Waikato Regional Councilor Russ Rimmington – ousted from the presidency in May – has confirmed he is seeking to retain his current post in October’s election.

After his campaign sign was spotted on Wednesday, Rimmington confirmed Things that his nomination was due that day and that he was teaming up with other yet-to-be-nominated candidates to oppose the government’s three-water reforms.

“I want to make sure these Three Waters are going to be stopped.”

Although the regional council is not directly involved in tri-water infrastructure, a seat on the council would give it a platform to speak publicly on the issue, said Rimmington, a former mayor of Hamilton.

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It was heartening to see growing opposition to the reforms across the country.

He said a member of his anti-Trois Eaux team would run in each of the regional council’s constituencies. None other than him were existing advisers. Names will be announced in due course.

Rimmington was ousted as chairman after concerns over his leadership, including over comments he made about Maori at a Three Waters conference last year. He later apologized for his remarks.

He is in the process of applying to the High Court for a judicial review of the decision to oust him. A hearing is scheduled for September 1.

Elna M. Lemons