Coun­cil to down size

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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.

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