A Very Summer-y Mayoral Update

I do hope that you are enjoying the warmer weather. The increase in temperature always raises my spirits! I am also heartened by all the good news and positive events that are happening around the Tararua District this summer. I always maintain that we live in one of the most beautiful and special parts of New Zealand. Looking at our population results, our tourist activity and all of the events planned for the beginning of 2016, my belief is confirmed yet again.

Our population is on the increase - more people are moving into the Tararua District than moving out. Real Estate agents report positive growth and lots of house sales all over Tararua. The Council Communications team continues to promote our district to Aucklanders. We have registered lots of interest from Auckland residents who are keen to escape the ‘rat-race’ and move to a district that offers them a much more relaxed and cost-effective lifestyle.

The trout fishing in Tararua rivers this season has been exceptional. I would recommend that everyone takes their fishing rod down to one of our rivers and catches their dinner! Great fun for the children and a relaxing, healthy way to get out into the fresh air (just please remember to get a fishing license first!) Still on the topic of fishing, I do hope that Akitio fishermen and boaties are finding the new Akitio boat ramp a vast improvement on the old one – and I wish you all good luck in the upcoming fishing competitions!

There has been a surge in the use of all Tararua campsites over the summer season. This is good news for our district; it means more people are choosing to spend their holidays with us. We welcome visitors to all parts of the district and sincerely hope that they have a great time while they are here.

Did you know that the Tararua District is Motorhome Friendly? That means that people living in self-contained (ie it has its own bathroom) motorhomes are free to stay wherever they like in the district. The only exception to this rule is the Akitio foreshore, but motorhomes are welcome at the Akitio Campground and at Pongaroa. Tararua’s Route 52 is also registering more use, with travellers choosing to enjoy this beautiful drive in the country.

There are some fantastic events planned for the Tararua in the coming months - the Super Rugby at Eketahuna and the annual WoodFest, just to name a few. To promote Tararua, we are presenting our district at major trade shows including the Motorcaravan Show in Auckland and the Central Districts Field Days. I will be doing my best to get to as many of them as I can! I would like to take this opportunity to thank all of the organisers of these events. It takes a lot of hard work to run an event and we all appreciate the time and effort that is put in. After all, these events make living in Tararua even more special.

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