Ruapehu District Council (RDC) has its head office in Taumarunui with a second office in Ohakune and a small service centre in Raetihi. Ruapehu District Council was established in 1989, replacing the former Taumarunui Borough Council, Taumarunui County Council and part of the Rangitikei County Council.
The council is made up of 12 elected councillors including a mayor and deputy mayor. The district is also served by two Community Boards (Waimarino-Waiouru and National Park) and a Ward Committee (Taumarunui-Ohura) with the same functions and powers as the Community Boards.
Local iwi and hapu have further input into local governance through the Ruapehu Maori Council which acts as an advisor to Council and has some delegated authority.
Our vision for Ruapehu aims to drive District growth through initiatives that improve the economic, environmental, social and cultural wellbeing of our local communities while protecting our environment. For anyone considering living or investing in Ruapehu the district offers an enviable lifestyle, easily accessible from major cities and airports, with affordable real estate and good schools.
Whether you are looking for a rewarding career opportunity, a holiday with a difference, a change from big city pressures or a great place to raise a family - we encourage you to take time with family and friends to experience what the Ruapehu District has to offer.
In July 2015 Council along with regional iwi, industry, local and central government welcomed the release of the Manawatu-Wanganui Regional Growth Study.
The Study identified key growth opportunities for the region and the strategic areas that will require leadership and reform to enable these opportunities.
Three of the opportunities specifically referenced Ruapehu being; tourism and visitor services, Manuka honey and fresh vegetable production.
The strategic reform areas are; transport and distribution, productivity of Maori land, and growing business by building capacity, scale and innovation.
Council is committed to being an active part of the regional leadership that will be required to successfully enact the Study recommendations. If you would like more detail on Council's economic development stratgey and how we can assist anyone looking at investment opportunities in the district please email or contact Council.