Com­mu­nity con­ver­sa­tions


The Southland District Coun­cil is go­ing to the peo­ple to an­swer ques­tions about how the district is rep­re­sented.

A new round of com­mu­nity con­ver­sa­tions is set to take place through­out Novem­ber, with the fo­cus on the up­com­ing rep­re­sen­ta­tion re­view project tak­ing place in April 2018.

Com­mu­nity con­ver­sa­tion meet­ings are sched­uled for Lums­den on Novem­ber 1, Eden­daleWyn­d­ham on Novem­ber Tokanui on Novem­ber 22.

This year coun­cil iden­ti­fied that up to 30 per cent of res­i­dents were not cov­ered by a lo­cal rep­re­sen­ta­tive, ei­ther through a lo­cal com­mu­nity board or com­mu­nity de­vel­op­ment area sub­com­mit­tee.

Southland District mayor Gary Tong said there were cur­rently a lot of gaps in the com­mu­nity that were not be­ing rep­re­sented.

At a com­mu­nity and pol­icy meet­ing in April, coun­cil­lors were pre­sented with a map 6, and out­lin­ing which parts of the district were cov­ered by a com­mu­nity board or CDA, and which parts were not.

‘‘It wasn’t un­til the map was pro­duced that we went ‘wow, there’s not a great deal of ac­tual rep­re­sen­ta­tion from CDAs at the mo­ment.’

‘‘It high­lighted the is­sue that a lot of peo­ple weren’t ac­tu­ally eli­gi­ble to stand, due to the rules for those CDAs ... hence there were some peo­ple very up­set they could no longer stand.’’

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