Coun­cil decision a pri­or­ity for com­mis­sion

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‘‘Peo­ple feel pas­sion­ately about this mat­ter, which is a sign of a healthy com­mu­nity that cares about its lo­cal gov­ern­ment.’’

The Lo­cal Gov­ern­ment Com­mis­sion has this week com­pleted its sub­mis­sions hear­ings on the draft pro­posal for a Wairarapa District Coun­cil. Over five days in five lo­ca­tions – Mart­in­bor­ough, Master­ton, Carter­ton, Grey­town and Welling­ton – the Com­mis­sion heard from 55 sub­mit­ters. Al­most 1200 peo­ple in to­tal made writ­ten sub­mis­sions.

Com­mis­sion Chair Sir Wira Gar­dener said the sub­mis­sions had been help­ful in as­sist­ing the Com­mis­sion with its forth­com­ing de­lib­er­a­tions – on whether or not to pro­ceed to is­sue a fi­nal pro­posal.

‘‘Peo­ple feel pas­sion­ately about this mat­ter, which is a sign of a healthy com­mu­nity that cares about its lo­cal gov­ern­ment ar­range­ments, and I com­mend that,’’ Sir Wira said. ‘‘I want to as­sure sub­mit­ters that their view­points and con­cerns will be taken into ac­count along­side all the other in­for­ma­tion and analy­ses we have to con­sider in com­ing to a decision on the next steps in the process.’’

He added that col­lat­ing the re­ceived in­for­ma­tion and per­spec­tives and put­ting this into the decision mix would re­ceive ur­gent at­ten­tion. ‘‘Most peo­ple we have heard from want some cer­tainty on the next steps. ‘‘It is our pri­or­ity and we will be work­ing hard to pro­vide clar­ity for the Wairarapa com­mu­nity.’’

WHAT HAP­PENS NEXT:

If the Com­mis­sion de­cides not to is­sue a fi­nal pro­posal, the process comes to a halt and there is no change to lo­cal gov­ern­ment ar­range­ments

If the Com­mis­sion de­cides to is­sue a fi­nal pro­posal:

The com­mu­nity can ask for a poll among the elec­tors across the Wairarapa To achieve this a pe­ti­tion must be signed by 10 per cent of the elec­tors in any one of the af­fected districts (South Wairarapa, Carter­ton or Master­ton) and val­i­dated. If more than 50 per cent of the votes polled sup­port the pro­posal, it will pro­ceed. If 50 per cent or more do not sup­port the pro­posal at the poll, the process halts and there is no change to lo­cal gov­ern­ment ar­range­ments. If there is no val­i­dated re­quest for a poll, the pro­posal will go ahead

Sir Wira Gar­dener, Lo­cal Gov­ern­ment Com­mis­sion chair­man

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