Council decision a priority for commission
‘‘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