Ngā Kaupapa Matua
Building a Strong and Vibrant Future for South Taranaki
South Taranaki is a unique place, blessed with abundant natural resources, stunning scenery and innovative people but we can’t take our future wellbeing for granted. Our Council has a vision to make South Taranaki the most liveable district in Aotearoa/New Zealand, with an attractive and affordable lifestyle, connected people, in sustainable and vibrant communities.
The Council’s focus has previously been on upgrading our District’s water and wastewater infrastructure, key community facilities and implementing projects designed to make South Taranaki a desirable place to live and do business. This will continue into the foreseeable future, but as the reliability of our water and wastewater network continues to improve, we now have the opportunity to progress other projects.
Our focus for the next year will be on the revitalisation of the Hāwera Central Business District, (primarily the development of Te Ramanui o Ruapūtahanga – Library, Culture and Arts Centre), development of town centre strategies for Eltham, Manaia, Ōpunakē, Pātea and Waverley, implementation of the District Pathways Programme and further improvements to our water and wastewater infrastructure.
At the same time the Council is conscious of the need to keep rates at an affordable level, so we are funding key projects with existing reserves and earnings from the Council’s Long Term Investment Fund, rather than through rates.
The following pages are only some of the key projects the Council set as part of our 2018 - 2028 Long Term Plan. There are many more projects the Council is also working on. To see a list of all the projects Council is working on over the next year to three years check out our 2020/21 Annual Plan or our 2018 - 2028 Long Term Plan.