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


Revised position on Hawke’s Bay local government

Revised position on Hawke’s Bay local government

The Local Government Commission has announced a revised position on the best structure for councils in Hawke’s Bay. It has also spelled out its next steps for testing the level of community support for change.

The Commission completed public hearings into its draft proposal for reorganisation in June. Since then it has held further discussions with affected parties, and Parliament has amended legislation which directly affects the original reorganisation proposal.

The Commission Chair Basil Morrison says the ongoing discussions have informed and influenced the Commission’s views.

“The Commission has now revised its position on some key elements of the proposal,” Mr Morrison said. “We are adding an extra step to our processes by releasing additional information to update people about the best way forward.”
The Commission has produced a position paper to explain how the proposed reforms could change if it decides to proceed through further stages.

The position paper suggests a number of changes, including:

· the number of proposed councillors will double from nine to eighteen

· local boards, rather than community boards, will be created to represent established Hawke’s Bay communities

· the local boards will have the maximum possible level of power and responsibility for decisions affecting their areas

· two councillors from each ward will be appointed to their relevant local board to ensure good coordination and communication across the wider council

· area offices will be established in Wairoa, Napier, Hastings, Waipawa, and a service centre in Waipukurau. Council services to the public will be decentralised to these locations as far as possible

· small areas of Rangitikei and Taupo districts remain excluded from the region, but their regional council functions (e.g. river catchment management) will be provided by the new Hawke’s Bay Council

· the Commission has reserved its position on the ring-fencing of existing council debt, pending further information and analysis. It recently asked councils to provide an update of both existing financial arrangements and future infrastructure and asset investment requirements. The Commission anticipates providing its assessment of this information in February 2015.

The Commission will engage an independent research company during the first quarter of 2015 to test public support for the revised position through a survey across the wider region. It also plans to circulate information more widely to Hawke’s Bay households.

The Commission is not calling for further submissions or embarking on a new round of hearings as a result of the position paper.

“The earlier round of public submissions and hearings were valuable and helped the Commission to fine-tune its position”, Mr Morrison said.

Once this interim step is complete, the Commission will decide whether to issue a Final Proposal of some sort or to leave the status quo arrangements in place. Hawke’s Bay residents and ratepayers still retain the ability to trigger a referendum on any Final Proposal.

“The Commission appreciates the ongoing co-operation and assistance provided by councils and other affected parties in Hawke’s Bay as it works towards identifying the structure that best promotes good local government in the region”, Mr Morrison said.


© Scoop Media

Parliament Headlines | Politics Headlines | Regional Headlines


Remembrance: Anzac After Christchurch

A community group is creating The Sound of Peace, a crowdsourced soundscape that captures messages of peace from New Zealanders in their own voices and languages...

The Anzac Eve event, The Art of Remembrance with Kristin Darragh, is a concert and memorial service in the grounds of the historic St David’s Memorial Church in Uptown Auckland.

‘As we remember the lives lost in World War One, we remember the horrors of all wars, and the potential to reach out across the divides now to expand understanding and a sense of our shared humanity.’ More>>


NZ And France To Seek To End Use Of Social Media For Terrorism

New Zealand and France announced today that the two nations will bring together countries and tech companies in an attempt to bring to an end the ability to use social media to organise and promote terrorism and violent extremism, in the wake of the March 15 terrorist attacks in Christchurch New Zealand. More>>


Christchurch Attacks: Families Offered Option To Stay Permanently

Immigration New Zealand has created a special visa category for those directly impacted by the shootings at Al Noor Mosque and Linwood mosque, as well as their families. More>>


Auckland: Consent Granted For Queens Wharf Cruise Ship Upgrade

In its decision, released this afternoon, Auckland Council says that although the upgrade will have a "range of adverse effects on the environment, both during construction and operation", these can be managed to an "acceptable" level. More>>


Welfare: Access To Hardship Grants Hits Record High

Figures from the Ministry of Social Development for the March 2019 Quarter showed that hardship assistance grants increased by $48 million in the past year... They also showed the emergency housing grants went from $6.6m to $23m, and there were 70,000 extra requests for assistance for food. More>>


Gordon Campbell: On Scrapping The Capital Gains Tax

As PM Jacinda Arden said yesterday, there was no point in Labour bringing a proposal into the House that it didn’t have the votes to get passed. Looking back, maybe she always felt this outcome to be inevitable... More>>





InfoPages News Channels