Published 26 October 2009
Waitakere City Council has suggested the Local Government Commission look at creating a new Waitakere ward, which would include the Waitakere Ranges & West Rodney and stretch from Muriwai to Blockhouse Bay.
“To better reflect the region’s communities of interest”, in the north it would take in Muriwai, Huapai, Kumeu & Riverhead, and in the east would include Avondale & the area between the present Avondale Community Board’s eastern boundary & Carrington Rd.
Auckland City Council has worked out that losing Avondale in the west & Otahuhu in the south would cut it down from 6 to 5 wards (based on 70,000 people/ward, ±10%). This western proposal would provide for multiple representation – 4 councillors – for a ward of just over 240,000. The Waitakere council’s proposal is for a ward represented by 4 councillors on the new Auckland Council, and divided into 5 local boards of no fewer than 6 members each, comprising:
Waitakere, including the Waitakere Ranges heritage area & foothills of the ranges, Waitakere township & Swanson, with the addition of Muriwai from the present Rodney DistrictMassey, centred on the new town centre under development at Westgate and extending to include Waimauku, Kumeu-Huapai & Riverhead in RodneyHenderson, centred on the existing Henderson town centre and extending to include Western Heights & Glendene as far as Hepburn RdNew Lynn, centred on the regenerating town centre of New Lynn & its new transport interchange as well as Glen Eden & KelstonAvondale, centred on Avondale town centre and including Blockhouse Bay (the current Avondale ward of Auckland City).
Waitakere councillor Janet Clews said: "The multi-member ward option would give transparency to the new governance arrangements by creating more opportunity for representation of the West’s diverse interests & groups. It will also mean electors have more choice, leading to increased voter satisfaction about making a meaningful contribution to the management & shaping of region. "Councillors must act in the interests of Auckland as a whole, but having 4 elected from a single ward would enable the workload to be shared, give some scope for specialisation and provide multiple points of contact for the community. "There are very strong links to Waitakere in West Rodney & Avondale, so it makes sense to include them in a new all-encompassing ward.”
Website: Waitakere council submission
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Attribution: Council release, story written by Bob Dey for the Bob Dey Property Report.