Taupo East Rural Ward
Ensuring the wider Taupō rural area has a local voice
The Taupō East Rural voting area was established for the 2019 local elections. This ensured that there was guaranteed to be a rural representative from this area at council.
We’ve found this rural voice useful. Though it’s still in its infancy, already it has provided a different view and raised new questions and perspectives about council services.
We are proposing to keep the Taupō East Rural arrangement in place, to ensure that this rural voice remains represented at Council. Without it, it is very difficult for a rural candidate to be elected with the high population of Taupō town voters.
Judging solely according to population criteria, this area wouldn’t get its own seat. This means this decision will be subject to a review by the Local Government Commission.
Feedback wanted – keep the Taupō East Rural ward?
We see strong value in ensuring some diversity of views and a rural voice from the Taupō East Rural area at the Council table. But we also recognise that you still have strong links to Taupō town.
So we, and the Commission who must review this decision, are really interested in what you prefer:
Should we ensure a voice at Council for this rural area by keeping the Taupō East Rural ward?
OR, would you rather just vote as part of Taupō town?
Thank you for all of the submissions received. Submissions closed at 4.30pm on Monday, 9 August 2021.