Turangi’s time to decide
There are two vacant elected positions up for grabs in the Turangi-Tongariro Ward and we want to know what you want from those people.
The Taupo Times has asked a few people what they want, but we would be keen to hear more about what is important to the people of Turangi.
Joyce Hoko grew up in Turangi so knows the town pretty well. After her mother got sick she found there were some things that are really important and lacking.
‘‘The health system for one, transport, youth services,’’ she said.
‘‘We have so many things that can be improved in Turangi. There is no professional help here to talk about how we alleviate the stress and struggle when it comes to dealing with a sick loved one.’’
Recently retired councillor Zane Cozens and former TurangiTongariro community board member Sally Nelson raised concerns about underfunding and under-investment in Turangi.
‘‘There’s double standards. It’s like we’re the poor cousin to Taupo,’’ Nelson said.
Go Tongariro chairperson, Wayne Smith, just want the new elected members to help Turangi ‘‘move forward’’.
Local business owner Rob Henderson in Turangi, said the biggest problem with Turangi was a lack of leadership and planning.
We will ask the candidates what they think about these things and keep you posted.
Send your ideas to email@example.com
‘‘We have so many things that can be improved in Turangi.’’ Joyce Hoko
It has been a wild ride for Turangi, politically, over the last few months.