Taupo District Council
|Taupo District Council|
The district stretches from the small town of Mangakino in the northwest to the Tongariro National Park in the south, and east into the Kaingaroa Forest, covering 6,970 km2 (including Lake Taupo). A total population of 32,418 (2006 Census)
The district falls within the jurisdiction of four different regional councils; however the vast majority (73.74% by land area) of the district falls within the jurisdiction of Environment Waikato. The exceptions are the towns of Rangitaiki (14.31% of the district's land area), which lies within the Bay of Plenty Region, Taharua (11.26%), which lies within the Hawke's Bay region, and Te More (0.69%), which lies within the Manawatu-Wanganui Region. Taupo is unique in being the only district in New Zealand so divided; no other district is divided between/among more than two regions, and most are not divided at all.
The District has three wards - Taupo-Kaingaroa, Turangi-Tongariro and Mangakino-Pouakani and is represented by the Mayor and ten Councillors.
The areas of Mangakino and Pouakani are administered by the Taupo District Council. The area is also represented by the Mangakino Pouakani Representation Group which has a total of six members including three Councillors.
The area is represented at Council by two district Councillors and together with six elected Community Board members, the ward has a total of eight members. Following the 2007 review, Turangi Tongariro lost one district Councillor.
The district currently has 10 Councillors and a Mayor.
The Mayor of Taupo is the head of the municipal government, and presides over the District Council. The Mayor is directly elected using a First Past the Post electoral system.
The office was established on 1 December 1989, after the formation of the District Council. There have been four mayors to date:
- 1989Joan Williamson QSO JP–2001 –
- 2001Clayton Stent–2007 –
- 2007Rick Cooper–2013 –
- 2013David Trewavas–present –
- Mich'eal Downard (Deputy Mayor)
- Keith Crate
- Barry Hickling
- Chris Johnston
- Anna Kirk
- Rex Mincher
- Nicola Williams
- Kirsty Trueman
- Gary Keepa
- Rob Henderson
Turangi/Tongariro Community Board
- Gary Keep
- Rob Henderson
- Maggie Stewart
- Duncan McKenzie
- Mary Smallman
- Neale Saunders
- Chris Te Whare
- Wally Van der Aa