Paeroa And Plains Councillors Vote To Drop One From Waihi Ward

Posted by Gold FM on 16/08/2012

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Why did the majority of Hauraki District Councillors change their minds and vote 8 - 4 to reduce the Waihi Ward’s representation at a full Council meeting yesterday?

Should the Waihi community be concerned about the turnaround considering earlier discussions and workshops had indicated most Councillors thought the current representation should remain the same?

Why did the eight Councillors from the Paeroa and Plains Wards vote against the recommendation put forward at the meeting in the Chief Executive’s report for the status quo to remain? That’s 4 each for Paeroa and the Plains and 5 for Waihi. The proposed change will mean each Ward will have 4 and Waihi will lose one.

Would you be concerned if there was one less voice for Waihi in the Council Chamber?

Waihi Ward Councillor Harry Shepherd was not able to attend the meeting yesterday and the Mayor John Tregidga abstained from voting.

The recommendation included in the agenda at yesterday's full Council meeting read:

Recommendation:

THAT the report be received, and

THAT Council determines in accordance with Section 19H of the Local Electoral Act 2001 (the Act), the representation arrangement for the Hauraki district to be effective for the two trienniums commencing with the triennial election to be held on October 12, 2013, is proposed to remain as existed for the 2010 triennium, that being as follows; with the exception of the office of Mayor (which office is elected by the electors of the district as a whole.

Four (4) members for the Plains Ward as defined on SO Plan 57981 and on Plan LGC- Hk-D1 to be elected by the electors of that Ward;

Four (4) members for the Paeroa Ward as defined on SO Plan 57980 to be elected by the electors of that Ward;

Five (5) members for the Waihi Ward as defined on SO Plan 57979 to be elected by the electors of that Ward.

Further and in accordance with Section 19J of the Act, Council determines not to constitute a community or communities for the further subdivision of electoral boundaries within the proposed Ward structure as described hereinbefore as it considers that the boundaries established by the respective Wards sufficiently and satisfactorily identify the communities of interest within Hauraki and which have been in place and recognized by the residents and electors alike since Hauraki district was established in 1989. And, that as the proposed number of elected members to represent each Ward as above, in Council’s view, provide a fair and effective level of representation for the residents of Hauraki district and satisfy the population fairness test as specified by the Act, Council does not propose to establish community boards as it considers that the proposed level of elected member representation on Council will continue to provide Hauraki with an enhanced average ratio of total number of elected members to total electors in comparison to the national average for district councils, and avoid an additional and unnecessary layer of representation.

The new proposal will go out to the public for submissions soon. Watch this space...