$100k RAL compensation fund to be discussed at a Raetihi community hui - Ngati Rangi

The Raetihi community is invited to an information evening to discuss how they can have their say on how $100,000 worth of RAL compensation funding should be spent.

The meeting will be held at 6pm on 14 October at The Centre in Raetihi and will be run by the Raetihi Project Group, comprising representatives from Horizons Regional Council, Ruapehu District Council, DOC, Uenuku, Ngāti Rangi and community groups.

Horizons group manager environmental management, Craig Mitchell, says the aim of the evening is to bring the Raetihi community up to speed.

"The project group met late last week to discuss potential timelines and guidelines for the funding and we'd like to share our progress with the community. We'd also like to provide information on the next steps so everyone is kept in the loop."

Mr Mitchell says the next steps are likely to include a facilitated workshop to which the community can bring their ideas.

"We are still working through the final details for the workshop but we will provide everything people need to know at the information evening. Our project guidelines have not changed since our last meeting and we will discuss these on the night.

"However, the key thing we want people to know is that the will of the community must be at the heart of the decision process. It has taken us slightly longer than we would have liked to get to this stage, but now we're here and we'd like to get cracking," says Mr Mitchell.

*The project guidelines are listed on the attached flyer.