Who are we?

The Oratia District Ratepayers’ and Residents’ Association Inc. was established in 1952 by some of the original families in Oratia, to work alongside the Council in looking after the affairs of the district. Today, sixty years later, the names have changed but the job is the same. Anyone who lives or owns property in Oratia can become a member.

What do we do?

The Oratia R&R advocates for its members, and represents their views to the Local Board, the Council, and the Government on local environment and planning matters, or anything else members have an interest in. We make sure the community’s voice is heard.

We lease the Oratia Settlers’ Hall, the Small Hall and their premises from the Council, and manage their hireage and maintenance. We publish “The Oratia Apple” and from time to time arrange other community events, and lend support to local events organised by others.

How are we organised?

The Oratia R&R is an Incorporated Society registered with the Companies Office. You can look us up on the Companies Office website.

Every year the members elect a committee to run the Association and act on their behalf. The 2014/15 committee, elected at the AGM in May 2014, is:

Dave Smith – President
Penelope Sparks – Secretary
Jo Hall
Robin Kewell
Jonathan Wood
Jean van Polanen Petel
Hall Coordinator:
Gillian Krzanich (non-committee)
Audrey Nelson (non-committee)

You can read our constitution, and even download the original 1952 document, (PDF 311K).

The constitution is our founding document, and governs what the Oratia R&R does and how it is run. It’s also a fascinating piece of history.

Who can join?

Anyone who lives in Oratia, or owns property in Oratia (We consider Oratia all those in Glengarry road in our school zone also), can join the Oratia Ratepayers’ and Residents’ Association. Simply send an email to oratia@oratia.org.nz containing your name, or the names of the adults in your household, and your address and phone number.

Once you’ve joined you’re welcome to attend and have your say at the committee meetings held in the Small Hall at 7.30pm on the second Tuesday of each month. Agendas are on this website, and are emailed to members.

If there’s something you’d like put on the agenda for discussion, email it to president@oratia.org.nz.

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