Overview & decisions
On 1 November 2013 the Local Government Commission received an application for establishment of a North Rodney unitary authority. The Commission initially declined to assess the application but as a result of an application to the High Court, the Commission agreed to assess the application in August 2015.
You can view the process the Commission has taken to assess the application, including the assessment of an alternative application for establishment of Waiheke Island as a unitary authority, here:
The Local Government Commission (the Commission) decided on 10 November 2017 to maintain the existing arrangements for local government in Auckland (the Decision). The Commission notified the public of this Decision on 30 November 2017.
Northern Action Group Incorporated (NAG) and Our Waiheke, whose respective proposals for a North Rodney Unitary Authority and a Waiheke Unitary Authority were not considered to meet the statutory requirements for reasonably practicable options for local government in Auckland as part of the Decision, have each now appealed the Commission’s Decision to the High Court.
Copies of the notices of appeal can be found here:
Any person who made a submission to the Commission on Auckland local Government reorganisation may appear and be heard at the hearing of the NAG and Our Waiheke appeals. If you wish to appear and be heard in Court you must lodge a notice expressing this intention to the High Court in Wellington by 24 February 2018 (under Local Government Act 2002, Schedule 5, Clause 7(1)).
If you made a submission to the Commission on the Decision, you also have a right to appeal the Decision on any legal ground other than those raised in the NAG and Our Waiheke appeals. To do so, you must lodge a notice to this effect with the High Court in Wellington by 14 March 2018 (under Local Government Act 2002, Schedule 5, Clause 3(1)).
The Local Government Commission has determined its preferred option for local government in the Auckland Council affected area is the existing local government arrangements in Auckland – the status quo. The final determination can be found here:
The options for North Rodney and Waiheke Unitary Authorities are not considered to meet the statutory tests for reasonably practicable options set out in the Local Government Act 2002 because:
Having considered the relevant matters, the Commission is satisfied that the existing local government arrangements is the preferred option as it will, in the affected area of Auckland, best promote the purpose of local government and will facilitate improved economic performance.
More details can be found in the Commission’s decision paper and supporting documents below.
APPENDIX B - Morrison Low report (PDF, 2.4MB)
APPENDIX C - Peer Review Panel minutes (PDF, 113KB)
APPENDIX D - Communities of Interest study - Rodney (PDF, 1.1MB)
APPENDIX E - Communities of Interest study - Waiheke (PDF, 808KB)
APPENDIX F - Community support research findings (PDF, 746KB)
See our media release: No change for North Rodney, Waiheke (30 November 2017)
9 August 2017 – The Local Government Commission has released a report authored by Morrison Low to assist the Commission identify the “reasonably practicable options’’ for local government in Auckland as part of the current reorganisation process.
The report’s findings are just one input into the Commission’s decision-making process. The Commission will also consider communities of interest analysis and the results and findings of any other investigations or inquiries it considers appropriate in its determination of the reasonably practicable options and, subsequently, the preferred option for local government change in Auckland.
The reasonably practicable options must always include the status quo local government arrangements for the affected area (Auckland).
The Commission ran a community engagement programme from September to December 2016 to provide the Auckland community, particularly people from Rodney and Waiheke Island, with an opportunity to provide feedback on local government arrangements and performance in Auckland. A summary of the engagement process and feedback received (released 2 March 2017) can be found here:
The public engagement programme included public meetings and drop-in sessions held in Rodney and Waiheke, and an online survey. A timetable of the meetings and drop-in sessions held can be found here:
The ‘summary of feedback record’ has not been verified for factual accuracy or completeness and does not constitute a Local Government Commission position.
On 14 April 2016, the Local Government Commission agreed the affected area for the North Rodney application to be the Auckland Council area. The Commission subsequently publicly notified this decision and called for alternative applications for local government reorganisation in the affected area to be submitted by 24 June.
On 29 May, the Commission determined to treat the Waiheke application as an alternative application for local government reorganisation in the Auckland Council area within the process initiated by the North Rodney application.
The call for alternative applications brought the total number of proposals for change in the Auckland region to 38. The Commission has made the decision to publish all submissions received following its call for alternative applications.
The following submissions were received following the call for alternative applications for local government reorganisation in the Auckland Council area:
Waiheke application part of Auckland Council process (30 May 2016)
Commission to assess Waiheke application (10 March 2016)
You can view the decision here: North Rodney decision (April 2016)
In December 2015, the Commission received a reorganisation application for a Waiheke unitary authority from a group called ‘Our Waiheke’.
At its March 2016 meeting, the Commission agreed to assess the application. You can view the application here:
Media release: Commission to assess Waiheke application (March 2016)
Commission to assess North Rodney application (21 August 2015)
Decision on North Rodney application (1 July 2014)
On 1 November 2013, the Northern Action Group submitted an application for establishment of a North Rodney unitary council. You can see the application here:
North Rodney application (PDF, 1.3MB)