Waitara is part of the New Plymouth District Council; whom we pay our rates too. We are represented at local government level by x2 North Ward representatives, both of whom are currently residents in Waitara. The Taranaki Regional Council is our environmental watchdog, whom we also pay rates too. Unusually, when our rates bill comes from the District Council our Regional Council bill is in the same envelope.
At a local level we are represented by the Waitara Community Board who report to the New Plymouth District council and assist in the decision making process, along with making known to the Council, local annual rates based projects that are in need of maintenance or development.
Through our local council, the Community of Waitara are seeking to develop a 30 year ‘Local Blueprint’ that leverages against the Councils own 30 year ‘District Blueprint’.
We aspire, as a community, to become Taranaki’s first ‘ECO Town’ – and given some of the environmental issues that we have had in our past, we look forward to the challenges that this aspiration means for us as a community. (See more about this in the About Us section of this website)
We have many community groups and clubs in Waitara, with local teams and individual sporting achievements arguably second to none across the whole of New Zealand. (Information re this from the old Website?
In this town we have many ‘social services’ and ‘social enterprises’ that are driven by a commitment to making our community a better place to live, for example; WISE Better Homes which is WISE: Waitara Initiatives Supporting Employment and Better Homes: a commercial arm of WISE which installs insulation into homes in both Taranaki and now Rotorua.
We have a transfer station for recycling waste located Norman Street, Waitara.
Open Sunday, Monday, Wednesday and Friday 1pm to 4pm.
Closed all public holidays. Note: No EFTPOS facilities available on site.
There is a Group in Waitara called North Taranaki Community House that doubles as the town’s information centre, they also have rooms available for ad hoc and planned small occasions and projects like; Community hearing clinics, Time Bank, seed bank collections, collecting old spectacles for overseas, Alzheimer’s support groups, games groups, knitting group and various other community activities.