Boundaries reflect public view
Auckland has to end somewhere. The Nationalgovernment has welcomed the recent public discussion about where that should be.
We have been considering the select committee’s recommendations and listening to your views.
We have announced the current Rodney boundary will be maintained.
That means the whole of the district will be part of the new supercity. That change refl the views of Rodney and the Auckland Regional Council.
We’ve listened and acted.
You said the select committee’s proposal to split Rodney was not what Aucklanders wanted. We heard and responded.
We also decided to maintain the southern boundary as recommended by the select committee. Much thought went into that boundary. There had been arguments for extending it down to the Waikato River.
We decided the best option for Auckland and Franklin is to split it as recommended by the committee just south of Pukekohe. The southern area will go into the Waikato.
This makes sense because it means the entire Waikato River catchment will be in the Waikato.
It avoids bureaucratic complexity and confusion that would have resulted from the boundary proposed by the Royal Commission, and also avoids river management issues.
The Local Government Commission will have minimal ability to change the boundaries. We are working to ensure they will make decisions that recognise and protect communities of interest like Waiuku and Pukekohe.
Towns and areas close to the boundaries of the new Auckland Council will have their access to services and facilities like libraries and swimming pools protected.
The government is asking the commission to look at these impacts and make sure residents’ interests are protected. Over the longer term we expect that all councils will work together to share services wherever it is beneficial.
Changes to local government boundaries are always contentious and every proposal is likely to have vocal opponents and supporters.
We have listened and we are confident these decisions set a solid foundation for the future. – Mr Carter is the
associate local government minister