Guid­ance on sub­mis­sions

Kapi-Mana News - - NEWS - By JIM CHIPP

A pro­nounced eco­nomic de­cline has had se­ri­ous so­cial im­pli­ca­tions for Welling­ton re­gion, ac­cord­ing to gov­er­nance panel chair­man Sir Geoffrey Palmer.

The in­de­pen­dent panel, com­pris­ing Sir Geoffrey, Sir Wira Gar­diner, Sue Driver and Bryan Jack­son, has un­til the end of Oc­to­ber to con­sult with the re­gion’s res­i­dents and form a rec­om­men­da­tion to Welling­ton re­gional and Porirua coun­cils be­fore they make their own sub­mis­sions to the Lo­cal Gov­ern­ment Com­mis­sion.

The panel re­leased an is­sues pa­per last week to guide pub­lic sub­mis­sions. The pa­per iden­ti­fied a fall in the num­ber of vot­ers in lo­cal body elec­tions as a cause for con­cern.

In 2010 the voter turnout in the re­gion ranged from 39 to 57 per cent.

It ques­tioned whether larger coun­cils with greater re­spon­si­bil­ity would at­tract bet­ter can­di­dates and whether vot­ers would there­fore be more likely to vote.

Hutt ratepay­ers could ques­tion why, in an amal­ga­mated coun­cil, they should bail Welling­ton out of its debt or leaky homes li­a­bil­i­ties. Welling­ton ratepay­ers might have con­cerns about shar­ing the cost of mak­ing up the Hutt’s in­fra­struc­ture deficit.

• A two- tier sys­tem with a re­gional coun­cil to rate and pro­vide re­gional ser­vices and lo­cal ser­vices by the ex­ist­ing lo­cal coun­cils.

• Two re­gional au­thor­i­ties re­plac­ing the ex­ist­ing re­gional coun­cil and all ter­ri­to­rial au­thor­i­ties; one com­pris­ing South Wairarapa, Carter­ton and the Master­ton dis­trict coun­cils, and the sec­ond, Welling­ton, Porirua, Hutt, Up­per Hutt and Kapiti Coast coun­cils.

• A sin­gle su­per-coun­cil sim­i­lar to Auck­land with lo­cal boards.

To read the is­sues pa­per visit welling­ton­re­view­panel.org.nz

Make a sub­mis­sion on­line, email to info@welling­ton­re­view­panel.org.nz, or post to: Is­sues Pa­per, Welling­ton Re­gion Lo­cal Gov­ern­ment Re­view, PO Box 11-646, Man­ners St, Welling­ton by Septem­ber 7 .

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