Ti­rau res­i­dents sup­port sin­gle ward for area


A clear mes­sage has been sent to the lo­cal au­thor­ity – a ma­jor­ity want Ti­rau to re­main its own ward with its own com­mu­nity board.

Sub­mis­sions for the 2016 Rep­re­sen­ta­tion Re­view have been tal­lied and the re­sults are not favour­ing the pro­posal re­leased by the South Waikato Dis­trict Coun­cil.

The coun­cil sug­gested that the dis­trict move from three wards to two, in ef­fect merg­ing the Ti­rau and Pu­taruru Wards to­gether. It sug­gested that the to­tal num­ber of coun­cil­lors stay the same, but that the ‘‘North’’ ward con­sist of four coun­cil­lors as op­posed to the cur­rent three for Pu­taruru and one for Ti­rau.

There would be no fi­nan­cial sav­ings in the merger, but coun­cil rea­soned that it could pro­vide bet­ter rep­re­sen­ta­tion for the area, with the po­ten­tial for a catch­ment like Ti­rau to have four peo­ple with a vested in­ter­est in the area, sit on coun­cil.

The pro­posal also sug­gested the dis­es­tab­lish­ment of the Ti­rau Com­mu­nity Board (TCB).

Lee’ – Coun­cil­lor Thomas Coun­cil re­ceived 61 sub­mis­sions – more than 60 per cent of which were against both the merger of the wards and the loss of the TCB.

That was roughly half the num­ber that sub­mit­ted on the coun­cil’s Long Term Plan.

But Ti­rau coun­cil­lor Terry Mag­ill said he was im­pressed with the level of par­tic­i­pa­tion.

‘‘There were a high num­ber of sub­mit­ters. Con­sid­er­ing the num­ber that turned up to the public meet­ings, I wouldn’t have ex­pected that num­ber.’’

Mag­ill strongly rec­om­mended the coun­cil keep the sta­tus quo in his sub­mis­sion and said he was pleased to see so many oth­ers had spo­ken up.

‘‘I’m com­forted by those [ sub­mis­sion] fig­ures that show a clear ma­jor­ity of peo­ple want­ing the sta­tus quo.’’

Mag­ill is one of seven sub­mit­ters who have in­di­cated they wish to speak to their sub­mis­sion dur­ing hear­ings and de­lib­er­a­tions on June 25.

‘‘I will get my 15 min­utes along with ev­ery­one else,’’ Mag­ill said.

Toko­roa coun­cil­lor Thomas Lee said he felt the sub­mis­sions were an ac­cu­rate re­flec­tion of the is­sues.

He said he had spent time in Ti­rau ex­plain­ing the pro­posal to res­i­dents and en­cour­ag­ing them to have their say.

‘‘ A lot of peo­ple who thought they didn’t need to sub­mit ac­tu­ally took a form home and de­cided to sub­mit, once they re­alised how it was go­ing to af­fect them.’’

He said the de­lib­er­a­tions will be in­ter­est­ing.

‘‘ Let us hope the rate- pay­ers’ voices are heard.’’

From the 15 sub­mit­ters who agreed the best op­tion was to merge the Pu­taruru and Ti­rau wards to­gether, ward names put for­ward in­cluded North and South, Mighty River and Mighty River South, Up­per and Lower while two sub­mit­ters sug­gested names.

Coun­cil will re­lease the sec­ond rep­re­sen­ta­tion pro­posal on July 15 and if there are no ap­peals it will be pub­lished by Au­gust 17.

If there are ap­peals it will be re­ferred to the Lo­cal Gov­ern­ment Com­mis­sion.



A lot of peo­ple who thought they didn’t need to sub­mit ac­tu­ally took a form home and de­cided to sub­mit, once they re­alised how it was go­ing to af­fect


It’s one step for­ward for Meg Wil­son who has con­vinced the South Waikato Dis­trict Coun­cil to fix dogs be­fore be­ing adopted from the pound.

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