Prior elections
Taupo District Mayor
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I’m standing for Mayor of the Taupo District because this election is all about leadership.  It’s about:

  • Enabling the effective participation of and contribution from all those elected by our community to serve on the Taupo District Council
  • Building and maintaining the key relationships within Council, and between Council and the wider community and stakeholders locally, regionally, nationally and even internationally, that are essential to our communities’ prosperity.
  • Providing clear policy direction and strong and effective governance oversight of council operations.
  • Setting responsible budgets & controlling spending & debt, taking account of the circumstances faced by many local people in these challenging economic times
  • Maintaining and enhancing quality infrastructure and services, and
  • It is most certainly about protecting our environments, and ensuring development is responsible and sustainable.


I would bring to the role of Mayor of the Taupo District:

  • inclusive and respectful leadership of our District Council
  • extensive governance and organisational experience
  • a fresh perspective
  • a strong proven track record as an advocate for local people, their families and communities



My priorities include:

Top 5 Issues

  1. Reviewing Council forward expenditure and debt plans
  2. Ensuring effective planning to manage the challenges and opportunities presented by the soon to open ETA
  3. Delivery of key services and community facilities including quality water and waste water
  4. Realising the Taupo District’s potential and supporting local people to reap the benefits of its status as an iconic visitor destination. “To be a great visitor destination – we must first be, and continue to be, a great place for our local people to live.”
  5. Protecting, preserving and enhancing the water quality and environmental values of Lake Taupo.

Personal Profile

Carol and I have lived, worked and raised our family in Taupo for nearly 30 years.  I had the privilege of representing the area as electorate Member of Parliament for 15 years (Tongariro 1993-96, Taupo 1996 - 2008).  This included 8 years as a Cabinet Minister with a number of portfolio responsibilities – including, of particular relevance to the Taupo District, Local Government and Tourism. 

Prior to my election to Parliament in 1993, I worked with, helped establish, and supported a wide range of community, educational, social service and government agencies across the central North Island and nationally as the founding Community Education Organiser for Central Plateau REAP.

I have maintained my active interest in and support for a wide variety of local community services and organisations with current community/positions of responsibility including

  • English Language Partners  -    Committee Member [Taupo] & National Board Member
  • Taupo Inter-Church Welfare Society - Patron
  • Turangi Junior Soccer – Patron
  • Turangi Budget Advice - Patron
  • Traditional Shotokan Karate-do Federation – New Zealand Patron

Authorised by Mark Burton of 36 Kiwi Street, Taupo

Taupo District Mayor

Results - Final

Rick Cooper
Mark Burton
Rex Mincher
Edna Isaacs