Published 21 December 2009
The third piece of the Auckland governance legislation was introduced to Parliament and went through its first reading last week.
The Local Government (Auckland Law Reform) Bill was introduced on 10 December and had its first reading on 15 December. Submissions on this bill close on Friday 12 February with the Auckland governance legislation committee, which expects to begin hearing evidence in Auckland beginning the week of 22 February. The committee is due to report back to Parliament by Tuesday 4 May.
The bill, along with the 2 earlier Auckland governance bills, is needed to enable Auckland’s 7 territorial councils & one regional council to be replaced at the October 2010 local body elections by a single Auckland Council, with 19 local boards.
Among its purposes are to:
enable the establishment of the various new local governance arrangementsfacilitate the smooth transition of staff & assets to the new structuresprepare for local electionsprovide clarity regarding planning & reporting arrangements for the period up to1 November 2010provides the substantive detail for the Auckland Council to be able to operate effectively from its establishment on 1 November 2010, including:further detail of the relationship between the council’s governing body and its local boardsarrangements for the management of transport and water supply & wastewater servicesprovision for the development of a spatial plan for Aucklandarrangements for a board to promote issues of significance for mana whenua & Maori for Tamaki Makaurauarrangements relating to the governance of council-controlled organisations, development contributions & representation reviewstransitional planning, funding & rating arrangements for the Auckland Council until at least July 2012consequential amendments to other legislation arising from Government decisions on the nature & scope of the new Auckland governance arrangements.
The first reorganisation act was the Local Government (Tamaki Makaurau Reorganisation) Act 2009 and the second was the Local Government (Auckland Council) Act 2009.
The bill amends the Reorganisation Act, which established the Auckland Transition Agency, the entity responsible for both overseeing the reorganisation process for Auckland local government and ensuring that the Auckland Council would be able to operate on & from 1 November 2010. These amendments provide for:
the making of arrangements for waste management & minimizationthe establishing of the Waterfront Development Agency as a council-controlled organisation of the Auckland Council, responsible for the development of the Auckland waterfrontmaking arrangements in relation to the initial operation of Auckland Transport, the new transport authorityensuring appropriate arrangements are made so, once established, the Auckland Council can implement a single integrated rating policy, andsetting out in more detail the requirements of the planning document that the transition agency is required to prepare.
The third bill also provides further for council-controlled organisations, transfer & termination of employment for employees of the entities, and development contributions made or owing at the time of the existing local authorities’ dissolution.
The bill amends the second act – the Local Government (Auckland Council) Act – particularly in relation to:
the entity called "Auckland Transport" is established separately from the Auckland Council, with responsibility for planning & delivering transport activities and exercising certain statutory functions & powers in relation to the Auckland transport systemwater supply & wastewater services for Auckland and the functions, duties & powers of Auckland water organisationsspatial planning for Auckland and the requirement for the Auckland Council to prepare & adopt a spatial planthe establishment & operation of a board promoting issues of significance for mana whenua & Maori of Tamaki Makaurau, andmiscellaneous functions, powers & duties of the Auckland Council.
Website: Auckland Law Reform Bill
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Attribution: Parliamentary notice, story written by Bob Dey for the Bob Dey Property Report.