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Community Boards

The Rangitikei District has had two Community Boards in place since 1989 – one in Taihape and one in Ratana. The Boards meet every two months.

Members are:

Taihape Community Board

  • Mr Peter Kipling-Arthur (Chair)
  • Ms Emma Abernethy (Deputy Chair)
  • Ms Gail Larsen
  • Mr Les Clarke


  • Cr Gill Duncan
  • Cr Jeff Wong
  • HWTM Andy Watson

Rātana Community Board


  • HWTM Andy Watson
  • Cr Tracey Piki Te Ora Hiroa (co-opted member)

The Boards have a number of statutory responsibilities.

Taihape & Rātana Community Boards

  • Nominate a member to Council’s Grants Subcommittee
  • Represent and act as an advocate for the interest of their community
  • Community Initiatives Fund - consideration of applications from the Taihape & Ratana Wards.
  • 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
  • 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.
  • The allocated funding for the Board is $7,200.
  • Make an annual submission to Council on expenditure in their community
  • And increased engagement with wider/smaller communities of the Taihape Ward.

Council may also delegate other responsibilities to either Board.