Community board needed
At the Tokoroa representation review, held two days after the Tirau meeting, the CEO Craig Hobbs was asked to supply the figures for Tokoroa to merge with Taupo and unlike the Tirau meeting nothing was prepared. The meeting at Putaruru Plaza, on May 25, had 4-7 people and no Putaruru ward councillors attended. Crs Herman Van Roijen, Edmeads and Bell were absent. The plaza seats 500. The sports and event centre seats 6000 and without the Mayor Sinclair, Deputy Cr Shattock, Crs Lee and Gash, CEO Hobbs, Legal Richard Fisk and former Cr Blair the turnout was two with one being a visitor from Tirau. Two members of the press attended.
If you want a Tokoroa Community Board, as Tirau meeting had standing room only in their hall, with a community board, then you would add four community boards to the next council proposal.
A former Matamata Piako district councillor said it correctly that it was about strong representation . . . in the future.
Don’t get shocked by ‘‘Public Disquiet’’ Mr Mayor (SWN p.1 June 3) amend the proposal to have four community boards with 12 members on the Tokoroa board. If having to listen to the citizens is a ‘‘threat’’ then fire your deputy and appoint Cr Gash in your stead as central government now allows. Tirau wants to keep its community board; Tokoroa needs one proposed.
Rod Young, Tokoroa that should the proposed Putaruru-Tirau district amalgamation go ahead and our Tirau ward, councillor and community board go, that the South Waikato District Council would be effectively removing Tirau’s voice from South Waikato District governance. (There are NO cost savings for the SWDC by making these unnecessary changes.)
The proposed losses will disempower Tirau and remove our identity in the SWDC.
Tirau is a community where many feel, in many ways, that it is already being neglected. This is why so many residents have approached Cr Magill and members of the TCB asking why this is happening and if we should investigate Tirau being part of Matamata once again.
We, as a board, felt obliged to let the council know what so many Tirau residents are saying. It was felt this was the correct thing to do.
Why is it considered so wrong to stand up for your community?
Cassandra Robinson, Tirau