Date: 10 March 2016
The Local Government Commission has agreed to assess an application from “Our Waiheke’’ for a unitary council for Waiheke.
Local Government Commission Chair Sir Wira Gardiner said the Commission will next determine what the area affected by the application is – Waiheke or the whole of Auckland – and then make an assessment as to whether there is community support for local government reorganisation in the affected area.
“If the Commission is not satisfied about community support, it may at this point decline the application,’’ said Sir Wira. “If it is satisfied there is support, it will call for alternative applications before deciding on a preferred local government option.
“If the preferred option is not the status quo, the Commission will then begin developing a draft reorganisation proposal before consulting further with the community and gauging public support for it.’’
The decision to assess the application follows receipt of the Our Waiheke application in December 2015.
In summary, the process for local government reorganisations under the Local Government Act 2002 is:
Simon Cunliffe | Local Government Commission
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