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review’ required under the Local Electoral Act 2001, regional councillors are proposing abandoning what they see as an ‘outdated’ current model governing how they’re elected and who they represent.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:


Images & Video: Four Alternative Flags For Referendum

Flag Consideration Panel chair, Professor John Burrows, said the Panel’s decision had been guided first and foremost by the results of its engagement programme across a range of communities where thousands of Kiwis shared what was special about New Zealand, as well as the Panel’s own selection criteria. More>>

ALSO:

Labour: New Figures Show Speculators Rampant

New figures released by the Reserve Bank show there’s been an explosion in mortgage lending with most of the growth going to property investors, Labour’s Housing spokesperson Phil Twyford says. More>>

ALSO:

False Official Information Response: English's Apology Accepted

Finance Minister Bill English is being thanked for his apology to New Zealand First Leader and Member of Parliament for Northland Rt Hon Winston Peters... Mr English says his staff and the Treasury have searched again, and they found the document that they denied having. More>>

ALSO:

Midwives On Pay Equity: Historic Bill Of Rights Case For High Court

“We have been left with no choice.” That from Karen Guilliland, the Chief Executive of the New Zealand College of Midwives, as the organisation prepares to file a pay parity discrimination case on the basis of gender under the NZ Bill of Rights Act in the High Court. More>>

ALSO:

Gordon Campbell: On The Children’s Commission Report On CYF

Accusing the overworked and underfunded staff at Child, Youth and Family of a “dump and run culture of neglect” is the kind of luxury that a Children’s Commissioner can afford to indulge in from his own comfy perch in the bureaucracy. More>>

ALSO:

Get More From Scoop

 

LATEST HEADLINES

 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
Regional
Search Scoop  
 
 
Powered by Vodafone
NZ independent news