Councillor backs ratepayers’ umbrella group
Residents in The Lakes will have their say on a potential ratepayers’ group tomorrow.
A public meeting taking place at Taumata School at 7.30pm will give people living in The Lakes their opportunity to have their say.
Four new commissioners, Anne Tolley, Bill Wasley, Stephen Selwood and Shadrach Rolleston, were appointed earlier this month.
An independent review in November 2020 identified significant governance problems within the council, and in December 2020, Local Government Minister Hon Nanaia Mahuta made the decision to appoint a commission to the council.
The meeting has been organised by Tony Gavin and a Lakes ratepayers group is expected to be a feature of the meeting in light of the commission appointment.
Tauranga City councillor Dawn Kiddie backs the establishment of Tauranga ratepayers' groups to work with new city commissioners.
Kiddie believes that ensuring the majority of the community is having their voice heard is a sensible idea.
“It would be great to have an umbrella group representing all ratepayer and community minded groups fighting for the majority of the community residents and ratepayers,” says Kiddie.
Several ratepayer groups in the city already exist including Grace Rd and Avenues Neighbourhood Residents' Association, Greerton Ratepayer Alliance, Matua Residents Association, Mount Maunganui Residents and Ratepayers Association, Papamoa Residents and Ratepayers Association, Tauranga Ratepayers Action Network and the Te Papa Residents Groups.