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.)
NOTICE OF POLL TO DETERMINE WHETHER LOCAL GOVERNMENT COMMISSION'S FINAL REORGANISATION PROPOSAL FOR HAWKE'S BAY IS TO PROCEED
Notice is given that on Tuesday 15 September 2015, a poll will be held by postal vote over the whole of Hawkes Bay Region using the first past the post electoral system. The poll is to determine whether the Local Government Commission's proposal to establish a single Hawke's Bay Council for the current Hawke's Bay Region, apart from small areas of Rangitikei and Taupo Districts, is to proceed to a reorganisation scheme.
The poll result will be binding. If the proposal is supported by more than 50% of the electors who cast a vote across the Hawke's Bay Region, the first election of the Hawke's Bay Council will be in October 2016 with the new council coming into existence on 1 November 2016. If the proposal is rejected by 50% or more of the electors who cast a vote across the Hawke's Bay Region, the reorganisation will not proceed.
The voting period for this poll will be from Monday 24 August to Tuesday 15 September 2015.
Copies of the preliminary electoral rolls for the poll can be inspected at the following locations during normal office hours from Monday 22 June 2015:
Central Hawke's Bay District Council
• Central Hawke's Bay District Council office, 28-32 Ruataniwha Street, Waipawa
• Waipukurau Library and Service Centre, 95 Ruataniwha Street, Waipukurau
Hastings District Council
• Ground floor, Hastings District Council civic administration building, 207 Lyndon Road East, Hastings
• Flaxmere Public Library, Swansea Road, Flaxmere
• Hastings Memorial Library, Cnr Eastbourne and Warren Sts, Hastings
• Havelock North Library, Te Mata Road, Havelock North
Hawke's Bay Regional Council
• Hawke's Bay Regional Council office, 159 Dalton Street, Napier
Napier City Council
• Napier City Council Office, 231 Hastings Street, Napier
• Napier Public Library, Station Street, Napier
• Taradale Public Library, White Street, Napier
Rangitikei District Council (in relation to area in Hawke's Bay Region)
• Rangitikei District Council office, 46 Main Street, Marton
Taupō District Council (in relation to area in Hawke's Bay Region)
• Taupō District Council office, 72 Lake Terrace, Taupō
Wairoa District Council
• Wairoa District Council administration office, Queen Street, Wairoa
• Wairoa Public Library, Marine Parade, Wairoa
• Wairoa Information Centre, Corner SH2 and Queen St, Wairoa
Electors may enrol or amend their enrolment details on the residential electoral roll by:
• Completing an enrolment form available at Post Shops,
• Calling 0800 ENROL NOW (0800 36 76 56)
• Visiting the Elections website (www.elections.org.nz).
Updates to the preliminary electoral roll close at 5pm on Monday 20 July 2015.
Applications for registration as a ratepayer elector are to be made on the non- resident ratepayer elector enrolment form available from wherever copies of the electoral rolls are displayed and must be returned to the relevant City or District Council Electoral Officer before 5pm on Monday 20 July 2015.
Electoral Officer – Hawke's Bay Reorganisation Poll PO Box 3138, Christchurch 8140 firstname.lastname@example.org
0800 666 033
WAIROA DISTRICT COUNCIL - ENROLMENT FORM FOR RATEPAYER ELECTORS
Enrolments for ratepayer electors can be made by or on behalf of:
Applications for registration as a ratepayer elector are to be made on the non- resident ratepayer elector enrolment form.
The ratepayer elector and property information will be published in the electoral roll and other information provided may be included on that roll. You may apply to the local authority at any time for the correction of that information.
Who is entitled to vote in this poll?
Any residents aged 18 and over who reside within Hawke's Bay Region are entitled to vote] provided they are on the roll or have applied to be on the roll. In addition any ratepayers who own property within Hawke's Bay Region but who live outside that area are entitled to vote, providing they have enrolled as ratepayer electors with the respective city or district council that they pay rates to for the property – see further information about ratepayer electors below.
How do I get voting papers for this poll?
If you live within the current Hawke's Bay Region and you are enrolled as a parliamentary elector, voting papers will be posted to you at the listed address on 24 August 2015. Voting papers will also be posted to any ratepayer electors enrolled with any of the councils within Hawke's Bay Region.
What is a ratepayer elector?
Ordinarily any ratepayer who owns property within a council area but lives outside that council area, can enrol as a ratepayer elector. Each council will have ratepayer enrolment forms for this purpose.
Because this poll is being conducted on a regional basis, the qualifying area will be different than for normal local council elections. For this poll any ratepayer who owns property within Hawke's Bay Region but lives outside Hawke's Bay Region can enrol as a ratepayer elector – see examples below.
No. The standard ‘one person, one vote' rule applies. If you are enrolled as a parliamentary elector you will receive a voting paper because you reside within the poll area. To qualify as a ratepayer elector for this poll you must live outside Hawke's Bay Region.
Yes, providing you enrol as a ratepayer elector for the local authority for the area where your other property is located.
I want to enrol as a ratepayer elector, how do I do that?
You will need to complete a ratepayer enrolment form.
HAWKE'S BAY POLL PROCESS UPDATE
24 June 2015
What has happened to date?
What are the next steps?
Conduct of the poll
Simon Cunliffe | Local Government Commission | Department of Internal Affairs Te Tari Taiwhenua
DDI +64 4 474 8164| MOB 027 809 3833 | Simon.Cunliffe@dia.govt.nz
FINAL PROPOSAL FOR REORGANISATION OF LOCAL GOVERNMENT IN HAWKE'S BAY
Hawke's Bay amalgamation proposal to proceed
The Local Government Commission has issued a final proposal for reorganising Hawke's Bay local government.
That proposal is to establish a single new council for Hawke's Bay, called Hawke's Bay Council, with five local boards sharing decision making and representing the interests of the region's varied communities. If implemented, it will replace the Napier City, Wairoa District, Hastings District and Central Hawke's Bay District, and Hawke's Bay Regional Councils. This final proposal has been issued following an extensive process.
“In Hawke's Bay there is community support for reorganising Hawke's Bay local government. That is one of the main reasons our decision on this application is different to those we have made in Wellington and Northland,'' says Commission Chair Basil Morrison.
“Different regions have different local government requirements. We believe the final proposal will promote good local government and is in the best interests of Hawke's Bay.
“In the Commission's view, a single Hawke's Bay Council will enable local government to be delivered in a more effective and efficient manner to address the issues and opportunities the region faces,'' Mr Morrison said.
“We encourage people in Hawke's Bay to read the final proposal which sets out the reasons for our decision in detail.''
The Commission has worked hard and listened carefully before issuing its final proposal, says Commission chief executive Sandra Preston.
“It is now up to the people of Hawke's Bay to have further input into whether or not this final proposal goes ahead. They can ask for a poll to vote on it if they wish.''
“Results of a poll are binding and require a simple majority for or against the final proposal to determine the outcome,'' said Ms Preston.
The process for local government reorganisations under the Local Government Act 2002 is:
The Local Government Commission has been considering three local government applications under the Local Government Act 2002. In Hawke's Bay the application was from a local stakeholder group, A Better Hawkes Bay. In Northland, the application was from the Far North District Council and in Wellington the Commission was asked to consider two applications: the first from the three Wairarapa Councils seeking to amalgamate and establish a unitary authority, and the second, wider, application from the Wellington Regional Council seeking a Single Unitary Authority for the whole region. The Commission prepared draft proposals for reorganisation in each region, received submissions on the proposals and held hearings in each region. A Final Proposal has now been issued in Hawke's Bay.
The Commission's ability to return to communities after submissions and hearings and seek other options for change is provided for in clause 21 in schedule 3 of the Local Government Act 2002.
Simon Cunliffe | Local Government Commission | Department of Internal Affairs Te Tari Taiwhenua
DDI +64 4 474 8164 | MOB +64 27 809 3833 | email@example.com
More information can be found below and on the Commission's website - http://www.lgc.govt.nz/
If a petition contains the signatures of 10% or more of enrolled electors for any of the districts or part districts that make up the Hawke's Bay Region a poll will be held across the whole region to determine if the final proposal is implemented.
If more than 50% of the votes in the poll support the Commission's final proposal the proposal will be implemented. If 50% or less of the votes support the proposal it will not be implemented
Advertising during the petition period or before a poll
Individuals or groups
There are no restrictions on the advertising an individual or organisation in the region may carry out to promote, oppose or explain the final proposal. The only requirement is that any advertisment must include the name and address of the person who initiated it.
Local authorities – the district, city and regional councils within the region – cannot do anything that involves spending an authority's money or using its resources to promote or oppose the final proposal. This includes any advertising to promote or oppose a final proposal or part of a final proposal. This restriction applies between the time the petition period begins (the day after the public notice) and on the close of the day on which a poll is held.
Local authorities can however provide reference material that assists electors to make a better-informed decision about either promoting or signing a petition or voting in a poll. This material must be factual and balanced.
Local authorities can seek a ruling from the Local Government Commission about whether material they propose to use meets the criteria for reference material.
You can view archived material here