The Wairoa District Council is located on Queen Street, Wairoa, next to Coronation Square
Monday - Friday: 9am to 4:30pm
(Except public holidays and unless otherwise notified.)
Wairoa District Council and the Maori Committee have made submissions to the Local Government Commission on the draft proposal to create one Hawke's Bay Council. Following hearing, the LGC will produce a final proposal. This is likely to result in a petition calling for a referendum, in which registered voters will have a chance to say 'YES' or 'NO' to amalgamation.
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 - 29 April 2014
UPDATE - 29 April 2014
The Commission released a summary of submissions in early April. Key points included:
Public hearings in Hawke's Bay will get underway in May. After the hearings the Commission may carry out other investigations and inquiries so that it has enough information to make a decision.
The Commission has four options for Hawke's Bay: issue the draft proposal as a final proposal; modify the draft proposal and issue it as a final proposal; issue a new draft proposal based on a different preferred option for local government in the region; decide not to issue a final proposal at all.
THE BIG REPORTS
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