February 18, 2021
Wai reason for Rangitikei council run
Rangitīkei District’s newest councillor says improving the water quality in her ward is a top priority.
Coral Raukawa-Manuel is well ahead on votes in the by-election to fill the southern ward seat of Jane Dunn, who resigned in November in protest at the lack of changing facilities at the Bulls Community Centre.
The Marton resident is an education manager at Te Rūnanga o Ngā Wairiki Ngāti Apa, and she has whakapapa links to Turakina and Rātana.
She says the infrastructure in all the rural townships needs work.
"They've got old piping and when the water goes through the quality is not so good, the manganese. Do we look at the dams and what is happening at the moment in the town or do we look at a new source, a new bore? These are questions that come to council and how do we do it better. I don't want to make people's lives worse. I just want to help,"
Coral Raukawa-Manuel says she also wants to see what the council can do to improve housing and employment in the region.
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