The Local Government Commission has upheld Auckland Council’s proposed changes to electoral ward boundaries for the October local body elections.
The biggest change arose from the way-above-quota Waitemata & Gulf ward having 119,000 residents, 44% above the quota per councillor over the council’s 13 wards.
Other large wards have 2 councillors but Waitemata & Gulf has had only one since the super-city council was created in 2010, and will still have only one post-adjustment. Boundary changes have got its population down to 9.2% above quota.
Apartment growth forces change
Richard Northey – former MP, select committee chair, Auckland City councillor & Auckland Council governing body councillor, now a member of the Waitemata Local Board, who chaired the council’s joint governance working party – said on Friday the ward changes were forced by the huge increase in apartment dwellings in the central city.
The aim is for councillors in each ward to represent similarly sized populations without too much variation.
Public consultation attracted over 1200 submissions, but there were only 5 appeals & objections to the council’s final proposals, which the Local Government Commission heard in March.
The changes will affect which ward some isthmus voters belong to.
The communities of Newmarket, Parnell & part of Grafton will move to the Orakei ward.
Communities around Ellerslie & the eastern end of St Johns will become part of the Maungakiekie-Tamaki ward.
A small area on the western boundary of Maungakiekie-Tamaki will become part of the Albert-Eden-Puketapapa ward (currently called the Albert-Eden-Roskill ward).
Local board boundaries can’t be changed. However, some local boards have subdivisions within them for the election of local board members.
The only changes to local board subdivision boundaries are in the Rodney Local Board area. To recognise that the communities adjacent to the Kaipara Harbour don’t share a community of interest with the rest of their current subdivision, Warkworth, the northern boundary of the Kumeu subdivision will extend further north.
An area at Matakana will move from the Wellsford subdivision to the Warkworth subdivision.
Great Barrier Local Board will become known as Aotea Great Barrier Local Board.
In some areas, council wards & local board boundaries will no longer be aligned.
The council will display maps showing the new boundaries on its website, along with other election information. Local body elections are scheduled for Saturday 12 October.
Click the links below for PDF maps of the boundary changes.
Ward boundary changes:
Map 1 [PDF] Waitemata & Gulf / Albert-Eden-Puketapapa / Orakei (Newmarket, Parnell, Grafton & Eden Terrace)
Map 2 [PDF] Orakei / Maungakiekie-Tamaki (St Johns)
Map 3 [PDF] Orakei / Maungakiekie-Tamaki (Ellerslie)
Map 4 [PDF] Albert-Eden-Puketapapa / Maungakiekie-Tamaki (Royal Oak)
Attribution: Council release, determination.