Tu­rangi’s time to de­cide

Taupo Times - - FOLLOWS IN PARENTS’ FOOTSTEPS CARE OF BUSINESS - STEPH RANGI

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 steph.rangi@fair­fax­me­dia.co.nz

‘‘We have so many things that can be im­proved in Tu­rangi.’’ Joyce Hoko

TON­GARIRO RIVER RAFT­ING

It has been a wild ride for Tu­rangi, po­lit­i­cally, over the last few months.

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