The Rangitikei District is a territorial authority located in the Manawatu-Whanganui Region in the North Island of New Zealand, although a small part, the town of Ngamatea, lies in the Hawke's Bay Region. It is located in the southwest of the island, follows the catchment area of the Rangitikei River; the Rangitikei District Council is the local government authority for this district. It is composed of a mayor Andy Watson, 11 councillors, one of whom is the deputy mayor; the Rangitikei District was established in 1989 as part of the 1989 local government reforms. Secondary schoolsRangitikei College, Marton Nga Tawa Diocesan School, Marton Turakina Maori Girls' College, Marton Taihape Area School, Taihape The current Mayor of Rangitikei is Andy Watson, elected in 2013 and re-elected in 2016. Watson was first elected in 2013 by obtaining 1,983 votes of the vote and a majority of 486 beating incumbent mayor Chalky Leary. Rangitikei District Council is served by eleven councillors elected across five wards.
Two councillors are elected from the Bulls ward, one from the Hunterville ward, four from the Marton ward, three from the Taihape ward and one from the Turakina board. The mayor and councillors are due for re-election in October 2016. District Council, 2016–19 term: Rangitikei District is one of ten districts located or within the Manawatu-Wanganui region; as such it is represented on the Manawatu-Wanganui Regional Council, known as Horizons Regional Council. Two of the twelve regional councillors are elected by the district in the Manawatu - Rangitikei ward. Rangitikei is located in the general electorate of Rangitīkei and in the Māori electorate of Te Tai Hauāuru. Rangitīkei is a safe National Party seat since the 1938 election with the exception of 1978–1984 when it was held by Bruce Beetham of the Social Credit Party. Since 2011 it is held by Ian McKelvie. Te Tai Hauāuru is a more volatile seat, having been held by three different parties since 1996, i.e. New Zealand First, the Māori Party and the Labour Party.
Since 2014 it is held by Adrian Rurawhe of the Labour Party. Located north of Wellington, the district stretches from the South Taranaki Bight toward the North Island Volcanic Plateau, forming a trapezium-shaped block that includes the towns of Taihape, Marton and Mangaweka; the district has an area of 4,538 km². Rangitikei's climate has few extremes compared to many parts of New Zealand. According to the Köppen climate classification, this climate is classified as oceanic climate. Summers are warm with average temperatures in the low 20s; the most settled weather occurs in early autumn. Winters are mild on the plains. Snowfall settles in areas 400 m above sea level, such as Taihape. Annual rainfall is moderate and annual hours of bright sunshine can average over 2,000. Rangitikei District had a population of 14,019 according to the 2013 New Zealand census; this is a decrease of 4.7 percent, since the 2006 census. There were 5,733 occupied dwellings, 912 unoccupied dwellings, 18 dwellings under construction.
The district's population at the June 2018 census was 15,150. Of the residential population, 6,951 were male compared to 48.7% nationally, 7,068 were female, compared to 51.3% nationally. The district had a median age of 3.8 years above the national median age of 38.0 years. People aged 65 and over made up 17.6% of the population, compared to 14.3% nationally, people under 15 years made up 21.1%, compared to 20.4% nationally. Rangitikei's ethnicity is made up of: 80.6% European, 24.3% Māori, 1.6% Asian, 3.9% Pacific Islanders, 0.1% Middle Eastern, Latin American or African, 2.4% Other. The district had an unemployment rate of 6.1% of people 15 years and over, compared to 7.4% nationally. The median annual income of all people 15 years and over was $25,700, compared to $28,500 nationally. Of those, 39.9% earned under $20,000, compared to 38.2% nationally, while 19.7% earned over $50,000, compared to 26.7% nationally. The district is further subdivided into four meshblocks; the meshblocks encompass the surrounding rural areas that are not towns and as such are larger in geographic size.
Rangitikei's towns are: Bulls, Koitiata, Marton, Ratana Community and Taihape. As meshblocks—despite their larger size—are the smallest administrative units recorded by Statistics New Zealand, there are small townships of which the demographic statistics are not recorded; these include: Crofton, Mataroa, Pukeokahu, Turakina and Whangaehu. State Highway 1 goes through Bulls; the North Island portion of this national state highway, one of only eight in New Zealand, begins at Cape Reinga and ends at Wellington International Airport—passing through Bulls at 925 km. State Highway 3 passes through Bulls; this highway connects Hamilton via New Plymouth. State Highway 54 connects SH 1 at Vinegar Hill via Feilding. InterCity runs five daily and three non-daily bus services in Bulls; these include Wanganui–Wellington, Palmerston North–Auckland, Tauranga–Wellington, Wellington–New Plymouth and Auckland–Palmerston North. Marton used to be serviced by the North Island Main Trunk, a railway line connecting Auckland and Wellin
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The Mayor of Palmerston North is the head of the municipal government of Palmerston North, New Zealand, presides over the Palmerston North City Council. The current mayor is Grant Smith; this resulted from the resignation of Jono Naylor in October 2014 after his election to the House of Representatives. Since the 2013 election, Palmerston North is one of the few councils that uses the single transferable vote electoral system for the election of mayor. Council elections were annually at first, biennial since 1914; the mayor is directly elected using a single transferable vote electoral system, starting with the 2013 election, with a first past the post system earlier. The Borough Council was established on 12 July 1877. At the time, Palmerston North was an isolated village in the midst of a native forest that covered inland Manawatu; the population was 800 people. The first elections on 9 August 1877 returned a council with nine members, including George Snelson as the first mayor. Snelson is regarded as the founding father of Palmerston North.
On 1 August 1930, Palmerston North was gazetted as a city, the 7th settlement in New Zealand to have reached the then-threshold of 20,000 inhabitants. With that, the Borough Council became a city council. Jono Naylor was first elected mayor in 2007, resigned that position after being elected to the House of Representatives in the 2014 election as a list MP for the National Party. Grant Smith was elected in his place in 2015, with the previous deputy mayor Jim Jefferies having been acting mayor in the intervening period. There have been 29 holders of the position; the longest-serving was Gus Mansford. Jill White was the first female mayor in 1998, since followed by Heather Tanguay in 2004. Three mayors have held non-consecutive terms: George Snelson James Linton William Thomas WoodFive mayors served as members of Parliament: William Thomas Wood Jimmy Nash Blair Tennent Jill White Jono Naylor Of those and Tennent have fulfilled the role of mayor and member of parliament concurrently: Nash for five years Tennent for two years The following persons have served as mayor of Palmerston North
Taihape is located in the Rangitikei district Rangitikei District of the North Island of New Zealand. It services a large rural community and lies on State Highway 1, which runs North to South through the centre of the North Island; the Taihape region was inhabited by Maori tribes who settled the area well before the arrival of Europeans. The first record of a European to the region is William Colenso's visit in 1845. In 1884, the surveyor's party for the Main Trunk railway line cut a rough track through the district; the town was founded in 1894. The site of the town was a small natural clearing in dense native bush, which the first settlers set about clearing. Many of the original families have descendants still living in the area; the settlement was first called Hautapu after the local river Otaihape, Taihape. Before the establishment of the railway, the bulk of farming produce had to be transported east by horse and bullock cart to Napier, from where it was exported; until the establishment of roads and railways in the early 1900s, like other rural towns, remained an isolated pioneer settlement.
Taihape developed as a key railway and transport town, reaching its peak of population and activity during the heyday of the 1950s and 1960s. The town declined during the downturn of the 1980s and today it is a refreshment stop for travellers and a service point for the local farming community. Taihape is home of the annual Gumboot Day, first celebrated on 9 April 1985; this festival was devised by local business people. Entertainer John Clarke used Taihape as a location for his Fred Dagg comedy persona. In 2005 Taihape's primary and secondary schools amalgamated to form Taihape Area School due to the declining numbers of students in both schools. There are five marae in the Taihape area, where local iwi and hapū meet: Kuratahi Marae and Te Karere meeting house is affiliated with the Ngāti Rangi hapū of Ngāti Rangituhia and Ngāti Parenga Opaea Marae and Tumakaurangi meeting house is affiliated with the Ngāti Tūwharetoa hapū of Ngāti Tamakōpiri Raketapauma Marae and Rangituhia meeting house is affiliated with the Ngāti Rangi hapū of Ngāti Rangituhia Tamakopiri Marae and Tumakaurangi meeting house is affiliated with the Ngāti Kahungunu hapū of Ngāti Tama Winiata Marae and Tautahi meeting house is affiliated with the Ngāti Hauiti hapū of Ngāti Hinemanu and Ngāti Te Ngahoa, the Ngāti Kahungunu hapū of Ngāti Hinemanu and Ngāti Paki Taihape is a rural supply town and at its peak during the 1960s, was the main railway and transport hub for the surrounding farming community.
Much of its economic activity revolved around rural communities. A major decline occurred in the 1980s due to a restructure and electrification of the railway system and a general downturn in the farming sector. In recent years and with the advent of major tourist attractions, Taihape is now experiencing an upturn in local commerce, its location on the North Island Main Trunk railway and on State Highway 1 has ensured its economic survival. Taihape's main claim to fame is as the "Gumboot Capital of the World", it attracts large numbers of people to the annual gumboot-throwing contest. Taihape is near the confluence of the Rangitikei rivers about 500 m above sea level, it lies in a sheltered valley among the high country of the central North Island, close to the Rangitikei River and the Ruahine Ranges. It is surrounded by fertile high country ideal for sheep and deer farming and its location close to the mountains and lakes has made it an important service hub for hunting and outdoor tourism; the town is located at the southern edge of the volcanic plateau.
Transport routes in and out of Taihape have improved over the years and what were once twisting and treacherous roads through the high country are now easy and fast deviations through the hills to Mangaweka in the south and Waiouru to the north. Taihape's climate is temperate. There is significant rainfall throughout the year in Taihape. According to the Köppen climate classification, this climate is classified as oceanic climate; the average annual temperature is 11.5 °C and about 953 mm of precipitation falls annually. As of a June 2018, Taihape is home to 1,730 people. Population peaked at around 3,500 in the late 1960s, but declined in parallel with many other rural towns after that time; the town has two main schools St Joseph's Catholic School established in 1916, the Taihape Area School. Taihape Railway Station was an important railway stop on the North Island Main Trunk line, with a marshalling yard and locomotive depot until the late 1970s. There were many railway houses situated along the length of Mataroa Road.
At one time Taihape had two lodges of the Royal Antediluvian Order of Buffaloes. One of the lodges was named Kaikoura Lodge No 226 this lodge survived until 2007; the lodge once had its own lodge rooms. The former railways house painted purple located on the highway traveling south into Taihape was once one of the two Buffaloes halls; the lodge in Taihape once boasted a large membership due in part to the numbers of Railways and Post Office staff stationed in the town. In 1999 Tranz Rail demolished the historic Taihape Railway Station; the Refreshment Rooms still stand on the former station platform, as do the old goods shed and locomotive depot compound at the south end of the rail yard. After a long period of fund-raising by Rotary, a loco turntable was re-purchased and installed in the station yard, so that special trains can run to Taihape and turn around for the return run; as p
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