Com­mu­nity board needed

South Waikato News - - NEWS/OPINION -

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

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