Council to down size
There will be three less Porirua City councillors after next year’s election.
The Local Government Commission has confirmed PCC will reduce its number of seats from 13 to 10 for the next local body election in October, 2013.
The down-size was proposed by the council in March, following consultation with residents.
The decision will see one less councillor elected in each ward, leaving four seats in each of the northern and eastern wards, and two in the western ward.
The commission agreed with PCC’s decision to not establish a community board in Titahi Bay.
Porirua mayor Nick Leggett said the LGC backed the council’s belief that 10 councillors would provide effective representation for Porirua residents.
‘‘They recognised that we have mechanisms in place, such as the village planning programme, councillor clinics and initiatives for online engagement of residents, that enable us to do this.
‘‘Like our city, our council is also diverse in terms of age, ethnicity and the geographical spread of the city.’’
The commission confirmed that Ranui residents, who were in the western ward under the present election boundaries, would become part of the eastern ward in 2013.