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

 

Hawke’s Bay opts for five councils

Media release

15 September 2015

Hawke’s Bay opts for five councils

The Hawke’s Bay community has voted against amalgamation of its five councils in a poll to be officially confirmed by Friday.

The progress results declared by the electoral officer today show a 66 per cent vote against the proposal. Official confirmation of the result, expected by Friday 18 September, will bring an end to the process and the status quo will prevail: Hawke’s Bay will retain its five separate councils.

Commission Chair Sir Wira Gardiner acknowledged those involved on all sides of the debate for the commitment and energy with which the issues were discussed.

“The Hawke’s Bay community has made an important decision on its local government arrangements.

“While the region has decided against formal amalgamation of its five councils, many of those opposed to the proposal agreed that much more can and must be done to work together to achieve permanent, positive and effective change,’’ Sir Wira said.

“Hawke’s Bay has huge economic potential and everything to gain through improved delivery of cost-effective services and infrastructure – more jobs, better growth, and improved prospects across all sectors of the community for the people of Hawke’s Bay.

“The region now has the opportunity to capitalise on the energy and ideas the reorganisation process has generated.

“The Commission will remain available, if required, to assist Hawke’s Bay thinking about local government options into the future,’’ Sir Wira said.



Background

The poll was the culmination of a local government reorganisation process that began with an application for amalgamation by A Better Hawke’s Bay trust to the Local Government Commission in February 2013. The main steps along the way included:

• Feb-Oct 2013: The Local Government Commission calls for alternative proposals and meets a wide range of interest groups, subject matter experts and members of the Hawke’s Bay public

• Nov 2013: The Commission releases a draft proposal for a single council for the region

• Nov 2013-June 2014: More than 700 submissions received and public hearings held in Hawke’s Bay

• Nov 2014: The Commission releases a position paper with revisions to the draft proposal following consultation and law changes allowing for local boards. It proposes a single council with one mayor, 18 councillors, and five local boards each consisting of two councillors and six to nine members elected from subdivisions.

• Mar 2015: The Commission publishes a pamphlet summarising proposed changes in the position paper and setting out what will happen to each council’s debt and assets during the transition to one council.

• Mar 2015: Colmar Brunton conducts a survey of 2000 residents across Hawke’s Bay and some face-to-face interviews.

• June 2015: Local Government Commission issues its final proposal.

• June 2015: A petition for a poll is received and validated, and a poll date set for 15 September.

Ends


© Scoop Media

 
 
 
Parliament Headlines | Politics Headlines | Regional Headlines

Terror in NZ: Mosques Attacked in Christchurch

• There have been two attacks at the Masjid Al Noor Mosque next to Hagley Park, and at the Linwood Masjid Mosque in the suburb of Linwood, Christchurch
• Police commissioner says 50 confirmed dead in Christchurch terrorist attacks. One man charged with murder appeared in court on Saturday, two more apprehended - working to understand their involvement
• PM Jacinda Ardern has described it as a "terrorist attack" by those holding extremist views. She says NZ's gun laws will change.
• The national security threat level has been increased from low to high.
• Commissioner Bush said there were explosive devices attached to one vehicle that were stopped by police and these have been made safe by Defence Force personnel.
More>>

For the Latest: Scoop Search - Christchurch

Parliament's Condolences: PM's Statement On Christchurch Mosques Terror Attack
Al salam Alaikum. Peace be upon you. And peace be upon all of us.
Mr Speaker the 15th of March will now forever be a day etched in our collective memories... More>>

Gordon Campbell: On Why The Government Shouldn't Run The Christchurch Massacre Inquiry
At Cabinet yesterday, the promised changes to our gun laws cleared their first hurdle. According to PM Jacinda Ardern, Cabinet agreed collectively “in principle” on a set of proposals to change New Zealand’s gun laws... Yesterday, Ardern also announced an inquiry into the background to the mosque attacks and into the role played by the SIS, GCSB, Police, Customs, and Immigration. More>>

.

 
 

Gordon Campbell: On The School Climate Strike

Locally, the school strike has won a ton of support for bringing climate change to the fore. Yet the strikers don't want mere expressions of support. They want action. More>>

ALSO:

"Grabbed And Struck In The Face": Greens Co-Leader Attacked While Walking To Work

Green Party co-leader James Shaw was the victim of an unprovoked attack when he was walking to work in Wellington. More>>

ALSO:

████████ ████ ███: Latest OIA Statistics Released

The latest statistics cover 110 agencies that collectively completed 18,106 official information requests between July and December 2018, a 16.4% increase on the 15,551 requests for the previous six months. More>>

ALSO:

'Hit And Run' Inquiry: New Legal Action Over Secrecy

The lawyer representing the Afghan villagers in the inquiry into Operation Burnham has launched legal proceedings calling for a judicial review in the investigation. More>>

ALSO:

From Hydro Plan To...: Mokihinui River Land To Join Kahurangi National Park

A total of 64,400 hectares of conservation land in the Mokihinui River catchment on the West Coast north of Westport, including 15 km of riverbed, is being added to Kahurangi National Park. “Adding this area, roughly half the size of Auckland City, to Kahurangi is the largest addition of land to an existing national park in New Zealand’s history,” Eugenie Sage said. More>>

ALSO:

 
 
 
 
 

LATEST HEADLINES

  • PARLIAMENT
  • POLITICS
  • REGIONAL
 
 

InfoPages News Channels