Published 22 November 2009
The Local Government Commission presented its proposals on the boundaries & representation arrangements for the new Auckland Council on Friday.
By 1 March the commission has to determine:
boundaries for the new Auckland Council, wards & local boardsward & board names, andthe number of members/local board.
Commission chairman Sue Piper said: “A key objective of our proposals is to promote good governance and support effective engagement between people, communities, local boards & the Auckland Council.”
The commission has proposed:
12 wards, 8 with 2 councillors each and 4 with one councillor each, a total of 20 councillors19 local boardslocal board membership numbers ranging from 5-9, a total of 126 board members.
The commission is required to ensure that wards for the election of 20 councillors to the Auckland Council provide effective representation of communities of interest as well as fair representation for electors. To achieve this, the commission is required to work on a ratio of population:councillor for each ward as being within +/-10% of the average for the district as a whole. As a result of this, each Auckland councillor is proposed to represent between 53,590-88,000 people.
Ms Piper said: “The commission believes the proposals represent the best balance between effective representation of communities of interest and fair representation for electors.”
When considering ward names, the commission used existing names in most areas. Some new names which relate to prominent geographical features have been proposed.
Submissions close on Friday 11 December. The commission said people giving feedback should take account of the requirements of the Local Government (Auckland Council) Act.
The northern Rodney ward excludes the Hibiscus CoastThe Hibiscus Coast has been joined to North Shore’s Albany & East Coast Bays in one ward of what’s called the northern sectorWaitakere City becomes a ward, minus New LynnThe isthmus will have 4 wards – Whau to the west, Maungawhau-Hauraki Gulf on the cbd & some fringe suburbs, Mt Albert-Mt Roskill and Orakei-MaungakiekieThe Waiheke local board will include all the inner islandsGreat Barrier Island will have its own boardSouthern Sector will have 3 wards – Howick-Pakuranga-Botany, Manukau & Papakura-ManurewaFranklin is a ward, including much of the present rural Manukau.
Within the new boundaries:
Rodney board area will have 3 subdivisions – north, west & Dairy FlatNorthern Sector will have 2 boards – Hibiscus Coast-Albany-East Coast Bays (3 subdivisions) and North ShoreIn North Shore, Glenfield & Birkenhead will be the 2 subdivisions of one local boardTakapuna & Devonport will be the 2 subdivisions in the other Shore boardWaitakere will have 4 subdivisions – Ranges, Massey, Henderson, Glen Eden-TitirangiThe new Whau board will have 2 subdivisions, New Lynn & AvondaleThe Mt Albert board will have 2 subdivisions, Pt Chevalier-Morningside & Balmoral-EpsomMt Roskill will have 2 subdivisions, Three Kings & WaikowhaiMaungawhau-Hauraki Gulf will stretch out from the cbd to incorporate Westmere & Grey Lynn, go round the south side of Mt Eden (Maungawhau) to Valley & Owens Rds (thus splitting Mt Eden Village) and include Newmarket (cutting across at St Marks Rd) & ParnellOrakei will have 2 subdivisions, Kohimarama & RemueraTamaki-Maungakiekie will have 2 subdivisions, Tamaki & MaungakiekieIn Manukau, Mangere is one ward, Otara-Papatoetoe board has 2 subdivisions, Otara & PapatoetoeHowick-Pakuranga-Botany has 3 subdivisionsPapakura & Manurewa have a board each – Papakura loses everything east of Mill Rd & the main trunk railway line except Red Hill, so it loses Ardmore, and areas of Manukau such as Whitford, Brookby, Clevedon & Beachlands join FranklinFranklin has 3 subdivisions, Waiuku, Pukekohe & Clevedon.
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Attribution: Commission release, story written by Bob Dey for the Bob Dey Property Report.