Just over 22 per cent of those eligible to vote in Rotorua Energy Charitable Trust 2019 elections have had their say – but there’re still a few days left to cast a vote.
This figure to date is well short of the 2016 turnout in which a virtually new board of trustees was voted in.
In 2016, a total of 13,175 votes, representing 28.29 per cent of 46,574 eligible voters, were cast.
Some 1610 votes were received online, 12.22 per cent of the total vote.
Voting is open until midday Saturday.
“There would be few, if any, people in the Rotorua community who haven’t benefited from a granting decision over the past 25 years since the trust was formed,” says Trust manager Tony Gill.
As well as supporting a range health, education and social initiatives, the trust has been involved in providing a boost to several capital projects over the years – including committing funds to the rebuild of the Rotorua Museum and the Sir Howard Morrison Performing Arts Centre.
It also plays a role in supporting an array of events – including sporting, arts and cultural events.
“Trustees have an important role not only in deciding the key priority areas where funding should go, but also making decisions around investment to ensure the fund can continue to support the community well into the future,” Tony says.
Voting can be undertaken online or by dropping voting papers in to the trust’s office in Eruera St.
Anyone enrolled but hasn’t received voting papers or has misplaced them can make a special vote at the trust’s office.