Community Boards

Since established in November 1989, the Rangitikei District has had two Community Boards – one for the Taihape Ward and one for the Ratana community. Each Board meets every second month.

Four members for each Board are elected at each triennial local government elections. In the case of Taihape, Council appoints two further members, currently rotated annually around the three Taihape Ward Councillors. For Ratana, Council appoints the Turakina Ward Councillor to the Board.

Members are:

Taihape (Picture)Ratana
Michelle Fannin (Chair)
Ann Abernethy (Deputy Chair)
Gail Larsen
Yvonne Sicely
Charlie Mete (Chair)
Maata Kare Thompson (Deputy Chair)
Charlie Rourangi
Thomas Tataurangi

Two of the three Ward Councillors
Richard Aslett
Angus Gordon
Ruth Rainey
Turakina Ward Councillor
Soraya Peke-Mason

The Boards have a number of statutory responsibilities.

Taihape & Ratana Community Boards

  • Community Initiatives Fund - consideration of applications from the Taihape & Ratana Wards. The allocated funding for the Board is $7,200.
  • Represent and act as an advocate for the interests of their community
  • Consider and report on any matter referred to it by the Council and any issues of interest or concern to the Community Board
  • Make an annual submission to Council on expenditure in their community
  • Maintain an overview of Council services within their community
  • Communicate with community organisations and special interest groups within their community

Taihape Community Board Only

  • MOU Group Work Programmes - consideration of annual work programme, recommending this to Council and receiving regular written and oral updates from the local organisation(s) delivering the programmes.
  • Community facilities & services - user groups at Taihape Memorial Park.
  • And increased engagement with wider/smaller communities of the Taihape Ward.

Council may also delegate other responsibilities to either Board.