The Wairoa District Council is located on Queen Street, Wairoa, next to Coronation Square
Monday - Friday: 8am to 4:30pm
(Except public holidays and unless otherwise notified.)
Wairoa District Council and the Maori Standing Committee have made submissions to the Local Government Commission on the draft proposal to create one Hawke's Bay Council.
Following hearings, the Local Government Commission has four options:
Central Government have indicated that changes are set to take place in the way Local Government is organised. This could mean changes in representation, responsibilities and how Councils currently operate.
In the interests of keeping the Wairoa community informed, we wish to share all information as it comes to hand.
DRAFT PROPOSAL FOR REORGANISATION OF LOCAL GOVERNMENT IN HAWKE'S BAY
The Local Government Commission has released its draft proposal for reorganisation in Hawke's Bay.
The highlights are:
One council and one mayor who could speak with one voice for Hawke's Bay.
A layer of boards empowered to represent distinct local communities.
The new Hawke's Bay Council would replace Wairoa District Council, Napier City Council, Hastings District Council, Central Hawke's Bay District Council and Hawke's Bay Regional Council. It would also include a small area of Rangitikei District.
Nine councillors would be elected from five wards to ensure region-wide representation. The mayor would be elected at large by all Hawke's Bay voters.
The Council would have five community boards with 37 elected members. The wards and community boards would share the same boundaries. Their proposed names are Wairoa, Ngaruroro, Napier, Hastings and Central Hawke's Bay.
The views of the large Māori population would be heard through a standing council committee (Māori Board) comprising representatives nominated by local iwi and elected members of council. The existing Māori committee dealing with management of natural resources would be retained.
Hawke's Bay Council's administrative headquarters is initially proposed be in Napier City. There would be council offices in Wairoa, Napier, Hastings, Waipawa and Waipukurau.
Existing council debt and financial arrangements would be ring-fenced for at least six years to the communities which incurred them or benefit from them. Current regional assets would be transferred to Hawke's Bay Council.
Hawke's Bay Council would be a unitary authority, combining the functions of city, district and regional councils. It would have a total of 47 elected members: one for every 3,286 people (excluding the mayor). Under current arrangements there are 57 elected members: one for every 2,852 people.
More information can be found below and on the Commission's website - http://www.lgc.govt.nz/
UPDATE - 27 June 2014
Commissioners completed public hearings on submissions on the draft reorganisation proposal for Hawke's Bay on 12 June 2014.
The Commission is now seeking further discussions with stakeholders including a number of hapu/iwi, Hawke's Bay Regional Council and neighbouring territorial authorities in Taupo and Rangitikei Districts.
These include further inquiries in relation to representation arrangements for Maori, as well as the boundaries for water catchment management and communities of interest. The water catchment issues affect landowners in territorial authorities which currently lie both inside and outside Hawke's Bay Region.
The Commission anticipates the further consultation will occur during July and possibly August, after which the process will be similar to that for Northland, discussed above.
THE BIG REPORTS
A BETTER HAWKE'S BAY - APPLICATION