Published 26 October 2009
North Shore mayor Andrew Williams said last week the council’s submissions to the Local Government Commission were based on protecting the Shore’s established communities and retaining local representation, to give people stability & continuity into the new Auckland Council arrangements.
Mr Williams said the council recognised that “what is most important is keeping existing defined local communities of interest together, rather than carving them up to fit in with a prescribed population formula. The council’s proposal would also provide people with some much needed familiarity & stability in a time of enormous change”.
The council has presented 3 possible scenarios, based on the broad consensus reached among councillors & community board members, after considering 7 variations. It’s proposed:
3 single-member wards for the present North Shoreone ward for the Hibiscus Coast, including Orewa & up to the Puhoi motorway tunnels, which the council describes as “urban Rodney”6 local boards for the Shore and one for urban Rodney5-9 members/board, andconsideration to be given for growth on the Shore and in Rodney.
The council found that incorporating urban Rodney into the Shore for calculating wards meant splitting communities of interest & suburbs.
Website: North Shore council submission
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Attribution: Council release, submission, story written by Bob Dey for the Bob Dey Property Report.