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

 


Northland local government – four weeks to go

22 January 2014

Northland people and organisations are being encouraged to share their views on the future shape of local government while there is still time.

The Local Government Commission has issued a reminder of the deadline for submissions on its draft proposal for reorganisation. The draft was released ten weeks ago on 12 November 2013, and the deadline of 21 February 2014 is now just over four weeks away.

The Commission Chief Executive Donald Riezebos said there had already been a good response to the call for submissions.

“The Commission has so far received 57 public submissions from throughout Northland. From Awanui in the far north to Maungaturoto in the south, people are sharing their thoughts on the best way to achieve good local government in the region,” Mr Riezebos said.

“The Commission anticipates it will also receive submissions from local authorities once they have finished their own consultation processes. We will release a further update once the deadline passes and there has been an opportunity to analyse the submissions. Public hearings will be scheduled in the north for those who want to speak to their submissions.”

The Commission’s draft proposal followed an application by the Far North District Council and an iwi leaders’ group to change the structure of local authorities. The Commission undertook an extensive round of consultation and met more than forty interested or affected groups. It also hosted eleven public meetings.

The Commission proposed one council and one mayor to speak with a region-wide voice for Northland. The need for a single voice for Northland and for local communities to keep their special identities was reflected in the new model of local government.

The new Northland Council would include a second tier of boards to represent diverse local communities. The system of council wards and community boards would ensure elected representatives came from throughout the whole region.

Mr Riezebos added that the option of local boards, with even greater powers to represent their communities, is also a possibility for Northland depending on the passage of legislation currently before Parliament.

A standing committee would ensure the views of the large Māori population were heard. Debts would be ring-fenced to the communities which incurred them or benefit from them for at least six years, after which time the new council would decide whether to leave the arrangements in place.

The Chair of Commission, Basil Morrison, said the ‘whole of Northland’ approach was designed to bind together all communities to create a stronger strategic vision for the region. It would result in more effective advocacy when dealing with central government, public sector agencies and commercial interests and would create simplified and streamlined processes for residents and ratepayers.

The draft proposal is on the Commission’s website www.lgc.govt.nz . It contains guidelines for how to make a submission. The deadline for submissions is 21 February 2014. They can be emailed to info@lgc.govt.nz or posted to: Local Government Commission, PO Box 5362, Wellington 6145. Submission details may be publicly released unless privacy is requested.

ENDS

© Scoop Media

 
 
 
 
 
Parliament Headlines | Politics Headlines | Regional Headlines

Gordon Campbell:
On Pharmac, Gough Whitlam And Sleater-Kinney

Ridiculous reported comments on RNZ this morning by Trade Minister Tim Groser, as he sought to dampen down concerns about the leaked draft of the IP chapter of ther Trans Pacific Partnership negotiations. According to Groser, ‘extreme’ positions are common at the outset of negotiations, and these get whittled down over the course of negotiations. Fine.

Except that we’re not at the outset of these negotiations. The outset was six years ago, and negotiators were hoping to have some sort of ‘framework’ deal finished in time for the APEC meeting in a few weeks’ time. These ‘extreme’ positions are what we’ve reached near the intended end of the negotiations.

Still, Groser did promise that the cost of medicines would not rise as a result of the TPP trade deal. Great. But this is not what politicians in other countries are saying. More>>

.

 
 

Parliament Today:

Aussie Investigation Dropped: Call On Minister McCully To Pursue The Case Of Balibo Five

West Papua Action is deeply concerned at the lack of any clear outcome from the Australian Federal Police inquiry into the 1975 deaths of the ‘Balibo Five’ including NZ journalist Gary Cunningham. More>>

ALSO:

'Feed The Kids' Bill: Metiria Turei To Lead Fight On Feeding Hungry Children

Green Party Co-leader Metiria Turei is urging all political parties to support the Feed the Kids Bill which she inherited today from Mana leader Hone Harawira. More>>

Parliament Today: State Opening Of Parliament

The House sat at 10.30am on Tuesday before MPs were summoned to hear the Speech from the Throne in the Legislative Council Chamber. More>>

ALSO:

Tertiary Education: Students Doing It Tough As Fees Rise Again

The Government is making it increasingly difficult for Kiwis to gain tertiary education as fees continue to rise and access to student support becomes even more restricted, Labour’s Tertiary Education spokesperson Chris Hipkins says. More>>

ALSO:

Housing, Iraq: PM Press Conference – 20 October 2014

Prime Minister John Key met with press today to discuss:
• Housing prices and redevelopment in Auckland
• Discussions with Tony Abbott on the governmental response to ISIS, and New Zealand’s election to the UN Security Council More>>

ALSO:

Labour: Review Team Named, Leadership Campaign Starts

Labour’s New Zealand Council has appointed Bryan Gould as Convenor of its post-General Election Review. He will be joined on the Review Team by Hon Margaret Wilson, Stacey Morrison and Brian Corban.

ALSO:

Roy Morgan Poll: National Slips, Labour Hits Lows

The first New Zealand Roy Morgan Poll since the NZ Election shows National 43.5% (down 3.54% since the September 20 Election). This isn’t unusual, National support has dropped after each of John Key’s Election victories... However, support for the main opposition Labour Party has crashed to 22.5% (down 2.63% and the lowest support for Labour since the 1914 NZ Election as United Labour). More>>

ALSO:

In On First Round: New Zealand Wins Security Council Seat

Prime Minister John Key has welcomed New Zealand securing a place on the United Nations Security Council for the 2015-16 term. More>>

ALSO:

Get More From Scoop

 

LATEST HEADLINES

 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
Regional
Search Scoop  
 
 
Powered by Vodafone
NZ independent news