Tokomaru and Opiki are the essence of Horowhenua

Published on 11 October 2018

Tokomaru town entrance.

Horowhenua District Council has voted in favour of fully participating in any proposed boundary change conversations.

The Notice of Motion was made by Councillor Bernie Wanden and was considered at yesterday evening’s Council meeting.

It comes after a group of residents approached the neighbouring Palmerston North City Council about a boundary change. This has been acknowledged by the Local Government Commission.

“Tokomaru and Opiki might be geographically close to Palmerston North,” said Cr Wanden. “However, they are the very essence of Horowhenua – we are one of the best areas in New Zealand for agriculture and horticulture thanks to our warm climate and rich soils. Our district is unique and beautiful and Tokomaru and Opiki are part of that,” he said.

The Notice of Motion was seconded by Deputy Mayor Wayne Bishop and was adopted by Council.

Horowhenua District Council Acting Chief Executive Mark Lester said the Notice of Motion opens the way for Council to work with Palmerston North City Council, the Local Government Commission and the wider communities of Horowhenua.