The Kaipara District Council has voted to implement its earlier proposal regarding its boundary representation arrangements, after a number of submissions and hearings.
Under the Local Electoral Act 2001, all local authorities are required to carry out reviews of their representation arrangements every six years.
Rigorous debate throughout the council meeting addressed many of the issues submitters raised, including the total number of councillors, alternative ward structures, adequate representation and recognition of communities of interest.
A number of issues raised by submitters were ‘out of scope’ under the Local Electoral Act 2001, including the use of outdated population data, lack of provision for future growth, rating per head of population and reduction to four councillors.
“We sought feedback from the community on the initial proposal through a variety of ways, such as our public drop-in meetings, and attending the Saturday Mangawhai Market. We received 81 submissions, and we want to thank the community for their time and effort in providing their thoughts and ideas,” said general manager governance, strategy and democracy, Jason Marris.
The new ward structure ratio is four wards, with two councillors each — a total of eight councillors, plus an elected mayor. Any person who has made a submission on the council’s initial proposal may lodge an appeal against the decision.
Appeal forms can be provided through the website kaipara.govt.nz/RepReview, by email to firstname.lastname@example.org, or by collecting from one of the council offices. They should be returned to council no later than 4pm on Monday, November 12.