Date: 20 August 2013
Nineteen individuals, organisations and groups have responded to the call for alternative applications regarding local government reorganisation in Wairarapa and Wellington.
The Commission issued a public notice in July 2013 calling for alternative applications after Wairarapa district councils and the Greater Wellington Regional Council made separate reorganisation applications. The deadline for alternatives was Friday 16 August.
The 19 responses are now being assessed by the Commission and are as follows:
The responses will now be considered alongside the original applications from the councils, and alongside the status quo arrangements.
The three Wairarapa councils want a unitary authority to cover Masterton, Carterton and South Wairarapa districts. The council would include a mayor and twelve councillors elected from seven wards. There would also be five community boards.
The proposed new council would assume the responsibilities and functions of the three existing district councils and of the Greater Wellington Regional Council in relation to the Wairarapa area. It would also result in a small boundary change to part of Tararua District within the Wellington region, which would be transferred to the Manawatū-Whanganui Region.
Greater Wellington Regional Council wants a unitary authority covering the entire Wellington Region, including Wairarapa, but excluding a small part of Tararua District. The council would have a mayor and 21 councillors elected from eight wards. There would also be a second tier of eight local boards.
The proposed council would assume the responsibilities and functions of all district and city councils in Kapiti, Porirua, Wellington, the HuttValley, Wairarapa and of the regional council.
The next stages of the process are as follows:
In any event, no change will be made before the local authority elections on 12 October.
The legislation governing reorganisation of local authorities, Schedule 3 of the Local Government Act 2002, can be accessed here. Guidelines on the reorganisation process are also available at www.lgc.govt.nz
There are five unitary authorities in New Zealand: Auckland, Gisborne, Marlborough, Nelson and Tasman. The Chatham Islands Council also effectively operates as a unitary authority.
All other local authorities in the country work under a two tier framework of regional and district councils which have separate regulatory and planning responsibilities.
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Local Government Commission
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