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


Status quo for city representation

Status quo for city representation
12 September 2012

Hamilton City Council has voted in favour of retaining two East and West electoral Wards and 12 Councillors.

As part of the Local Electoral Act, every six year Councils must review how their communities are represented. The review process includes assessing options on the number of Councillors, whether they are elected from specific Wards or city-wide, and whether Councils should have community boards.

Electoral Officer Anthony Dick says Hamilton City Council reached the penultimate phase this week, when Councillors voted 8-3 to keep the existing representation system for the city for the 2013 and 2016 local body elections.

Mr Dick says the Mayor and Councillors were presented with a range of 10 representation options, including abolition of Wards, adoption of community boards, and a reduction in the number of Councillors.

“At the 11 September Extraordinary meeting, Councillors cited a number of reasons for keeping our current system. Those reasons included the potential changes to local government, and the view the system worked effectively and there was no need to change it,” says Mr Dick.

Having Councillors elected from Wards also gave members of the public better access to them, he says.

Mr Dick says member of the public who want to appeal the decision have from 17 September to 19 October to do so, and their views will be provided to the Local Government Commission for analysis and a further adjudication, if necessary.


© Scoop Media

Parliament Headlines | Politics Headlines | Regional Headlines

Gordon Campbell: On Populism’s Changing Of The Guard, Plus A Soul Music Playlist

The weekend’s Newshub/Reid Research poll results - Act up to 11.1%, National up 1% but still sitting at only 28.7%, Labour down to 43%, the Greens up to 8.5% - shows that the combined centre right vote is still languishing nearly 12 points behind the combined centre-left vote, 45 months after the last centre-right government was voted out... More>>


Finance: Finance Minister And RBNZ Governor Agree To Update MOU On Macro-prudential Policy

Finance Minister Grant Robertson and Reserve Bank Governor Adrian Orr have updated the Memorandum of Understanding (MoU) on macro-prudential policy to further protect the financial system and support the Government’s housing objectives... More>>

Government: Offers Formal Apology For Dawn Raids
Prime Minister Jacinda Ardern has today formally apologised to Pacific communities impacted by the Dawn Raids in the 1970s.

Between 1974 and 1976, a series of rigorous immigration policies were carried out that resulted in targeted raids on the homes of Pacific families... More>>

Government: Bill Introduced To Protect Against Conversion Practices

Legislation has been introduced to Parliament to protect against practices intended to change or suppress someone’s sexual orientation, gender identity, or gender expression... More>>


Human Rights Commission: Successive Governments Responsible For Massive Breaches Of The Right To A Decent Home

Te Kahu Tika Tangata / Human Rights Commission has today launched Framework Guidelines on the Right to a Decent Home in Aotearoa and announced that it will hold a national inquiry into housing... More>>

NZUS Council: Welcomes Nomination Of Senator Tom Udall As US Ambassador To NZ

The NZUS Council welcomes the nomination of Senator Tom Udall to the role of US Ambassador to New Zealand and Samoa, NZUS Council executive director Jordan Small said... More>>

BusinessNZ: Visa Extensions Welcomed
BusinessNZ has welcomed the extension of some critical skill visa durations and changes to immigration systems to speed processing. Chief Executive Kirk Hope says move acknowledges advocacy by the hospitality sector, the BusinessNZ Network and others, and comes not a moment too soon.... More>>




InfoPages News Channels