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

 


Representation review submissions heard

5 February, 2013

Representation review submissions heard

Potential changes to the way Northlanders are represented around the Northland Regional Council table are a step closer after a visit from the Local Government Commission.

As part of a six-yearly ‘representation review’ required under the Local Electoral Act 2001, regional councillors are proposing abandoning what they see as an ‘outdated’ current model governing how they’re elected and who they represent.

After considering submissions made during a month long public submission period, councillors in late October last year agreed to a number of proposed changes, including dropping the existing model (based on the region’s three district council boundaries) and replacing it with seven, smaller constituencies.

As part of the proposed revamp, the number of regional councillors would also increase by one to nine – but the cost of that extra councillor would be covered within councillors’ existing $388,840 salary pool. (Nine councillors to share the same money currently paid to eight.)

Council Chairman Craig Brown says several submitters had subsequently lodged appeals against various aspects of the council’s decision and the Commission had travelled to Whangarei today (subs: Tues 05 February) to hear from both the regional council and those opposed to the changes.

Mr Brown says the three-member Commission will now consider the various matters raised and is expected to issue its decision by early April.

He says it’s important to bear in mind the representation review is an entirely separate legal process from – and not related to – the Far North District Council’s proposal to become a unitary authority, which the Commission is also investigating.

“Our representation review is not concerned with what form the various arms of local government in Northland should take; it’s about the way our councillors are elected to the regional council. It’s designed to strengthen the representation Northlanders get at the council table and aims to empower communities to both better serve their own needs and aspirations and contribute to regional decision-making.”

Mr Brown says once the Commission releases its decision, it will be posted on the council’s website via: www.nrc.govt.nz

The Commission’s decision will take effect for this year’s October local government elections.

ENDS

© Scoop Media

 
 
 
 
 
Parliament Headlines | Politics Headlines | Regional Headlines

 

PARLIAMENT TODAY:

Family Violence: Increasing Reporting But Fewer Resolutions

“We are aware the Police have embarked on a significant programme of change in how they respond to family violence. The data suggests that adequate resourcing including investing in staff training, support and culture change will be required for this to be effective.” More>>

ALSO:

Health: NZ Children Still Suffer Rickets From Lack Of Vitamin D

Vitamin D deficiency continues to cause rickets in young New Zealanders, new University of Otago research has found. The researchers say that their finding suggests that at-risk mothers and children should be better targeted for Vitamin D supplementation. More>>

Also GPs, Housing, Milk: PM Press Conference On The UN Security Council

In a press conference today the Prime Minister discussed the upcoming appointment of New Zealand to chair the UN Security Council. He said they would put pressure Asad in Syria and attempt to “jump start” negotiations between Israel and Palestine. More>>

ALSO:

Housing: State Houses Could Sell To Overseas Groups

Bill English’s admission that he would sell hundreds of New Zealand’s state houses to the Australians is the latest lurch in the Government’s stumbling, half-baked housing policy, Labour’s housing spokesperson Phil Twyford says. More>>

ALSO:

AND:

Gordon Campbell: On Climate Change Protest, And Iraq Training

For sheer style, humour and content fit for purpose, it would be hard to beat the Greenpeace protest at Parliament. The fact that the hanging of functioning solar panels from Parliament Buildings caused such spluttering outrage among fogeys old (David Carter) and young (David Seymour) added a Monty Python level of amusement to the whole event. More>>

ALSO:

Speech: Bill English Explains NZ Government To Australia

Here I am part of a successful government, now into its third term and hopefully with more to come. I want to offer some thoughts tonight about the business of government, from a centre-right perspective. More>>

Gordon Campbell: On Iraq Training

The IS control of the countryside in the likes of Anbar province is one reason why the training mission that New Zealand, Australia and the US have invested so much money and political capital is foundering so badly. More>>

ALSO:

NYC Penthouse: Lavish MFAT Apartment Confirms Culture Of Extravagance

At the same time thousands of New Zealanders are being locked out of the property market, the Government is spending up on a lavish New York penthouse for its diplomats, Labour’s Foreign Affairs spokesperson David Shearer says. More>>

ALSO:

Get More From Scoop

 

LATEST HEADLINES

 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
Regional
Search Scoop  
 
 
Powered by Vodafone
NZ independent news