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

 

Final proposal on Representation Review


Council has adopted a final proposal following the Representation Review initial proposal consultation and hearings, signalling a major shift in the democratic representation of our district.

The proposal is for voting at large, the establishment of three community boards and nine councillors plus the mayor.

The proposed community boards will represent the three communities of interest – East Coast, Western Rural and Gisborne City.

The initial proposal for five wards, an extra city ward member and a boundary change was not supported.

Following public consultation on the initial proposal, several public submissions called for fewer councillors and the establishment of community boards.

“The Representation Review process tends to be underestimated and yet it is my view that it is probably one of the most important processes in terms of its overall impact on communities, comparable to the Long Term Plan,” says council’s chief executive Nedine Thatcher-Swann.

“Representation arrangements themselves, that is, how councillors are elected and community board members, provides the vehicle to enable the effective voice of its citizens and communities. It gives effect to how citizens can shape, influence and protect the wellbeing of the district. “

Council’s director of internal partnerships James Baty said the representation review process was politically challenging.

“It is the definition of a balancing act trying to weigh up effective representation of communities of interest and fair representation of electors.

“Adding to this challenge is the complexity of the legislative requirements which officials worked hard to navigate through alongside councillors. To simply arrive a final proposal of any description is an achievement.”

The final proposal is subject to a one-month appeal and objection period.

If any appeal or objection is received, the matter is forwarded to the Local Government Commission for determination.

ENDS


© Scoop Media

 
 
 
Parliament Headlines | Politics Headlines | Regional Headlines

a well

Wellness: Gordon Campbell On Ardern, Davos, And Wellbeing

The word “well-being” has a nice warm ring to it. So much so that the ‘wellbeing budget’ being touted by PM Jacinda Ardern at the rich folks’ club in Davos, Switzerland sounds more like a marketing slogan than an actual policy initiative.

Still, it is just as easy to forget that GDP – the common measure of how well an economy is performing – is also a marketing device. More>>

 

Gordon Campbell: On Why Shipping Is NZ’s New Trade Problem

So Jacinda Ardern and Theresa May have signed a piece of paper promising peace in our time when it comes to our trade with Britain... Brexit is not the only concern. More>>

ALSO:

Reshuffle: National Announces Spokesperson For Drug Reform

National Leader Simon Bridges has appointed Paula Bennett to the new position of Spokesperson for Drug Reform as the Government pushes ahead with its agenda of drug decriminalisation, to signal National’s commitment to holding them to account. More>>

ALSO:

KiwiBailed: KiwiBuild Head Officially Resigns

The head of Kiwibuild, Stephen Barclay has officially resigned from the role. In a statement issued on his behalf, it was announced that he would step down from today [Friday]. More>>

ALSO:

Welfare Stats: Rise In Hardship Numbers Shows Income Inadequacy

The latest Ministry of Social Development quarterly report show that a record number of people have received hardship assistance from work and income, with an additional 40,000 hardship payments made between September and December 2018, compared to the previous quarter of the same year... More>>

ALSO:

Gordon Campbell: On MBIE’s Social Media Scam

Given the ambit of MBIE’s work, almost any form of social activity could qualify as being part of MBIE’s brief, so the privacy threats posed by this training programme are extensive. The current oversight safeguards seem threadbare to non-existent. More>>

ALSO:

JusTrade: New Campaign For A 21th Century Trade Agenda

‘Critique is no longer enough. If anything is to really change, we need to step away from the existing framework and take a first-principles approach to rethinking what will work for the 21st century.’ More>>

Earlier:

Gordon Campbell: Thompson + Clark Are The Tip Of The Iceberg

How can we tell where and how any lines are being drawn? Oversight is not exactly robust. If it were, Thompson + Clark would have been out of contention for state security work ten years ago. More>>

 
 
 
 
 

LATEST HEADLINES

  • PARLIAMENT
  • POLITICS
  • REGIONAL
 
 

InfoPages News Channels