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One, three, four, two…how many Councillors should represent you?

If you haven’t already shared your thoughts with us, it’s not too late!

Our initial proposal...

was to reduce the number of councillors in the District from 12 to 9.

However...

the general view of those who gave us their feedback was that a reduction in numbers from 12 to 9 councillors would not meet the representation needs of our communities.

So...

we’ve taken that on board and amended our proposal to go with the status quo, which is to have one mayor (elected by the whole district) and 12 councillors; four representing the Paeroa ward, four representing the Waihi Ward and four representing the Plains Ward, with no community boards.

What now?

Anyone who objects to our final proposal can lodge an objection against Council’s proposal.

Anyone who has made a submission on the Council’s initial proposal can lodge an appeal against the Council’s decision.

Appeal/objection forms will be available from Wednesday 12 September to Friday 12 October 2018, on our website and at our offices.

As the amended proposal will likely fall just outside the allowable population range for the Waihi Ward, the matter will then go to the Local Government Commission to make the final decision on how it thinks our councillor numbers and wards should look for the next two elections.

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Council Representation Review

Every six years we have to look at the number of Councillors and wards we have in our district. This is to make sure we have the right amount of people around the council table to fairly and effectively represent the number of people that live in each of our communities. We also have to decide whether we should have community boards.

How are we looking right now?
What we know already
What we’ve done about it so far
What we’re proposing
Why no community boards?
Appeals and objections

How are we looking right now?

At the moment we have one mayor (who is elected by the whole district) and 12 councillors - four representing the Waihi Ward, four representing the Paeroa Ward and four representing the Plains Ward. We do not have any community boards.

What we know already

As things stand, councillor numbers don’t quite stack up in the Waihi Ward. We also have more councillors overall than most other councils in the country when our population is taken into account.

Legislation says the population of each ward, divided by the number of councillors in that ward, should fall within plus or minus 10 percent of the total population of the district divided by the total number of councillors in the district. This is called the +/- 10% rule.

When we crunch the numbers, the Waihi Ward falls ever so slightly outside of this rule (by about 69 people!).

What we’ve done about it so far

One of the options we looked at to comply with this rule was the possibility of changing ward boundaries. For example, shifting the Paeroa Ward boundary to include some, or all, of the Waikino community.

We held a meeting in the Victoria Hall, Waikino, on Monday 18 June to see what our communities thought of this option, and heard very strongly that you were completely opposed to this idea. So this option has now been ruled out.

What we’re proposing

Initially we proposed to have one mayor (who is elected by the whole district) and nine councillors - three representing the Waihi Ward, three representing the Paeroa Ward and three representing the Plains Ward – and to continue with no community boards, for the next two Council elections.

However, after taking on board community feedback we have amended our proposal to go with the status quo which is to have one mayor (elected by the whole  district) and 12 councillors; four representing the Paeroa ward, four representing the Waihi Ward and four representing the Plains Ward, with no community boards.

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Why no community boards?

Community boards act as an advocate for the interests of a community. They engage with community organisations and special interest groups and make recommendations to Council.

You can read more about how community boards work at www.lgnz.co.nz/nzs-local-government/community-boards

We used to have community boards but they eventually disbanded themselves. Now we have ward committees made up of the elected members from each ward that essentially do what community boards would do if we had them.

In a small council like ours, where elected members already work closely with community organisations and special interest groups, the Council feels the current structure covers community needs.

However, this is just an initial proposal and before it goes any further, we want to know what you think.

Appeals and Objections

Anyone who objects to our final proposal can lodge an objection against Council’s proposal.

Anyone who has made a submission on the Council’s initial proposal can lodge an appeal against the Council’s decision.

Online Appeal/Objection Form

Alternatively download a printable version - Appeal/Objection Form - 2018 Final Proposal of the Representation Arrangement Review [PDF, 154 KB] pdf.gif

Forms are also available from our Council offices in Ngatea, Paeroa and Waihi.

Appeals/objections open from Wednesday 12 September to Friday 12 October 2018.

The final decision is likely to rest with the Local Government Commission.

Appeal/Objection Forms
Online Appeal/Objection Form

Alternatively download a printable version - Appeal/Objection Form - 2018 Final Proposal of the Representation Arrangement Review [PDF, 154 KB] pdf.gif

Forms are also available from our Council offices in Ngatea, Paeroa and Waihi.

Appeals/objections open from Wednesday 12 September to Friday 12 October 2018.

 

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