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.)
Please visit the Local Government Commission page for specific information relating to Hawke's Bay Reorganisation.
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 - 17 November 2014
Revised position on Hawke's Bay local government
The Local Government Commission has announced a revised position on the best structure for councils in Hawke's Bay. It has also spelled out its next steps for testing the level of community support for change.
The Commission completed public hearings into its draft proposal for reorganisation in June. Since then it has held further discussions with affected parties, and Parliament has amended legislation which directly affects the original reorganisation proposal.
The Commission Chair Basil Morrison says the ongoing discussions have informed and influenced the Commission's views.
“The Commission has now revised its position on some key elements of the proposal,” Mr Morrison said. “We are adding an extra step to our processes by releasing additional information to update people about the best way forward.”
The Commission has produced a position paper to explain how the proposed reforms could change if it decides to proceed through further stages.
The position paper suggests a number of changes, including:
The Commission will engage an independent research company during the first quarter of 2015 to test public support for the revised position through a survey across the wider region. It also plans to circulate information more widely to Hawke's Bay households.
The Commission is not calling for further submissions or embarking on a new round of hearings as a result of the position paper.
“The earlier round of public submissions and hearings were valuable and helped the Commission to fine-tune its position”, Mr Morrison said.
Once this interim step is complete, the Commission will decide whether to issue a Final Proposal of some sort or to leave the status quo arrangements in place. Hawke's Bay residents and ratepayers still retain the ability to trigger a referendum on any Final Proposal.
“The Commission appreciates the ongoing co-operation and assistance provided by councils and other affected parties in Hawke's Bay as it works towards identifying the structure that best promotes good local government in the region”, Mr Morrison said.
THE BIG REPORTS
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