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A group of residents is feeling invisible after Ōpōtiki District Council turned down an offer to help seal their road because councillors thought no-one lived on it.
Some of Ōpōtiki's rural ratepayers can look forward to a small drop, but town-dwellers may be in for a rise.
Eight Bay of Plenty civic leaders have met to discuss infrastructure projects with the potential to employ thousands. Video
Ōpōtiki District Council is still getting to grips with the lockdown, but says staff layoffs aren't the answer.
A large slip has closed State Highway 2 west of Ōpōtiki as wintry weather causes disruptions across the country.