Local Govt | National News Video | Parliament Headlines | Politics Headlines | Search

 


Selecting fair and effective representation

29.11.05

Opportunity to select fair and effective representation

Last night, a public meeting of mainly Waitakere Ward residents became better acquainted with three possible options for electoral boundary changes necessary under the Local Electoral Act 2001.

Chair of the public meeting at the Civic Centre, Councillor Janet Clews said that it is important that the Council-community interaction over the next six months is robust enough to stand the scrutiny of both residents and the Local Government Commission.

She told the well attended meeting that the Council wants to take something with really good support to the Commission –“that’s why it is so important that we come to an agreed position, rather than risk imposition from the Commission.”

One of the considerations being discussed by the Council is that under the fair representation requirement of the Act, the existing Waitakere Ward cannot continue to have three councillors because its population is too small. Accordingly the Council is looking at a range of options including reducing the number of councillors, changing the boundaries to increase the population in the ward or re-organising the City into three larger wards, all with an urban/rural split.

“There have been misunderstandings in the public arena that the Council has already made its choice. Nothing could be further from the truth. We recognise Waitakere Ward’s special position (not complying with the requirement for the ratio of population per Elected Member not to vary by more than 10% between wards). We took the case for a legislative change on this aspect to the Select Committee, as the Local Government Commission has to date only looked at dispensations for very isolated rural communities

“We don’t want to be in the same position as Christchurch City where the Commission stepped in and made a decision not consistent with local input,” said Councillor Clews.

Waitakere’s Electoral Officer Darryl Griffin described the fair representation requirement of the Act as a “numbers game”. He said the Council had determined to retain 14 Councillors including a Mayor.

“This is an opportunity to ensure fair and effective representation,” said Mr Griffin.

Planning Consultant David Mead gave an overview of communities of interest in the three proposed options, each of which meets the population requirements.

He said the three-ward transport-land use option reflects commuter flows with each ward having a main centre and a stake in the Manukau and Waitemata Harbours, the Tasman Sea and the Ranges.

The four-ward landscapes option would create three Urban Wards of roughly equal size and a geographically large Rural Ward that includes Swanson and Titirangi.

“The adjustment to the status quo option tries to make the Waitakere Ward bigger to sustain three councillors. This option would see the Ranui area being put into the Waitakere Ward. But changes to address communities of interest would breach population limits,” said Mr Mead.

Some Waitakere Ward residents were worried about keeping the character of a rural ward, while a Titirangi resident asserted that Titirangi is “urban, not rural”.

Individual boundary roads could be easily adjusted within the options to satisfy concerns. Community Board boundaries would be contiguous with Ward boundaries, said Mr Mead.

An informal vote was taken at the end of the meeting as to which option was preferred. The majority voted for the four-ward landscape option.

ENDS

© Scoop Media

 
 
 
 
 
Parliament Headlines | Politics Headlines | Regional Headlines

 

Also, Loan Interest: Productivity Commission On Tertiary Education

Key recommendations include better quality control; making it easier for students to transfer between courses; abolishing University Entrance; enabling tertiary institutions to own and control their assets; making it easier for new providers to enter the system; and facilitating more and faster innovation by tertiary education providers... More>>

ALSO:

Higher Payments: Wellington Regional Council Becomes A Living Wage Employer

Councillor Sue Kedgley said she was delighted that the Wellington Regional Council unanimously adopted her motion to become a Living Wage employer, making it the first regional council in New Zealand to do so. More>>

ALSO:

Scoop Images:
Dame Patsy Reddy Sworn In As Governor-General

This morning Dame Patsy Reddy was sworn in as the New Zealand Realm’s 21st Governor-General. The ceremony began with a pōwhiri to welcome Dame Patsy and her husband Sir David Gascoigne to Parliament. More>>

ALSO:

Ruataniwha: DOC, Hawke's Bay Council Developer Take Supreme Court Appeal

The Department of Conservation and Hawke's Bay Regional Investment Company (HBRIC) are appealing to the Supreme Court over a conservation land swap which the Court of Appeal halted. More>>

ALSO:

With NZ's Marama Davidson: Women’s Flotilla Leaves Sicily – Heading For Gaza

Women representing 13 countries spanning five continents began their journey yesterday on Zaytouna-Oliva to the shores of Gaza, which has been under blockade since 2007. On board are a Nobel Peace Laureate, three parliamentarians, a decorated US diplomat, journalists, an Olympic athlete, and a physician. A list of the women with their background can be found here. More>>

Gordon Campbell: On The Key Style Of Crisis Management

At Monday’s post Cabinet press conference Key was in his finest wide- eyed “Problem? What problem?” mode. No, there wasn’t really a problem that top MPI officials had been at odds with each other over the meaning of the fisheries policy and how that policy should be pursued... More>>

ALSO:

Mt Roskill: Greens Will Not Stand In Likely Post-Goff By-Election

“The Green Party’s priority is changing the Government in 2017, and as part of that we’ve decided that we won’t stand a candidate in the probable Mt Roskill by-election... This decision shows the Memorandum of Understanding between Labour and the Green Party is working." More>>

ALSO:

Get More From Scoop

 

LATEST HEADLINES

 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
Regional
Search Scoop  
 
 
Powered by Vodafone
NZ independent news