Published 23 November 2009
The Local Government Commission has set a new southern boundary for Auckland – within parameters set by the Government – but says it should be reviewed in the short to medium term.
The commission has proposed that the southern boundary includes the entire urban areas of Waiuku & Pukekohe, and immediately adjacent future growth areas, in Auckland. This means the following areas will be included as part of Auckland:
the part of the Waiuku urban area currently in the Waikato Region (& adjacent future growth areas)those parts of Pukekohe currently in the Waikato Regionthe adjacent area of Buckland, andthe area east of Pukekohe, north of Mill Rd.
Commission chairman Sue Piper said: “The commission recommends that the Waikato District Council and new Auckland Council have an agreement that permits residents north of the Waikato River to access appropriate services through Auckland Council offices in Pukekohe. If necessary, the commission will include a service delivery arrangement in its determination.
“The Waikato District Council, the Franklin District Council & the Auckland Transition Agency should immediately begin discussions on these matters.
“The commission noted the expected growth of areas around the new southern boundary. To ensure good local government for the boundary area in the future, the commission is of the view that the appropriateness of the boundary and the best means of delivering services will need to be reviewed in the short to medium term.”
The Local Government (Auckland Council) Act 2009 required the boundary to follow the existing southern boundary of the Auckland Region “as closely as practicable”. The commission said the exceptions the act made were:
the Mangatawhiri & Mangatangi catchments must (as far as practicable) be included in the Waikato Region & Waikato District, andthe part of Franklin District between the Mangatangi Stream catchment & the Firth of Thames must (as far as practicable) be included in Waikato Region & either Hauraki District or Waikato District.
The Act required the commission to satisfy itself that the determination would maximise, in a cost-effective manner, the current & future well-being of the local authorities & the communities concerned. Ms Piper said: “We took the existing boundary as a starting point and made adjustments to ensure that the new boundary achieved the purposes set out in the act.”
For the Mangatawhiri & Mangatangi catchments, the commission proposes that the new Auckland boundary follow the catchment, conforming to the property boundaries. It has also proposed that the regional parks in the area be vested in the Auckland Council and that Watercare Services retain ownership of the dams in the Hunua Ranges.
The commission had a choice on where the area between the Mangatangi Stream catchment & the Firth of Thames – centred on the township of Kaiaua – should be located: “Following consultation with various parties, the commission proposes the Kaiaua area be located in Hauraki District, except for a small area immediately south of Matingarahi Point to remain in Auckland.”
The regional boundary in the Firth of Thames is yet to be determined and separate consultation will be carried out on that.
The Tuakau wastewater treatment plant serves communities on both sides of the boundary and the Government will decide ownership of this asset through legislation.
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Attribution: Commission release, story written by Bob Dey for the Bob Dey Property Report.