Council calls for rethink on ward boundaries
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.