Coun­cil calls for re­think on ward bound­aries

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The Auck­land City Coun­cil is call­ing for changes to pro­posed su­percity ward and lo­cal board bound­aries.

Last month the Lo­cal Gov­ern­ment Com­mis­sion an­nounced it wants to see a to­tal of 12 wards and 19 lo­cal boards across Auck­land.

While the coun­cil sup- ports most of the rec­om­men­da­tions, it wants to see some al­ter­ations to ward bound­aries.

The changes would in­clude Otahuhu be­ing moved to the Manukau ward and Kel­ston to the Waitakere ward.

Other tweak­ing would see parts of Mt Eden, Eden Ter- race, Eden Val­ley, Kings­land and Ep­som – ear­marked for the Maun­gawhau-Hau­raki ward – moved to the Mt Al­bert-Mt Roskill ward.

Chair­man of the coun­cil’s re­gional gov­er­nance com­mit­tee, deputy mayor David Hay, be­lieves th­ese changes would im­prove the bal­ance in terms of the num­ber of peo­ple per ward.

“The most sig­nif­i­cant is­sue for Auck­land City Coun­cil is the un­der-rep­re­sen­ta­tion in three of the four isth­mus wards.

“Based on the cur­rent pro­pos­als, all votes are not treated equally in the su­percity struc­ture.”

As a re­sult he says the coun­cil’s sug­ges­tions would im­prove rep­re­sen­ta­tion for the peo­ple who cur­rently live in Auck­land city.

The coun­cil also wants to see the min­i­mum num­ber of lo­cal board mem­bers in- creased to seven and elec­toral sub­di­vi­sions, which would only see peo­ple vot­ing for candidates from their lo­cal area, re­moved.

The com­mis­sion is cur­rently as­sess­ing sub­mis­sions from in­ter­ested par­ties, with a fi­nal de­ci­sion ex­pected in March.

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