Bound­ary change re­quest con­sid­ered

Horowhenua Chronicle - - NEWS -

The Lo­cal Gov­ern­ment Com­mis­sion has agreed to as­sess an ap­pli­ca­tion seek­ing a change to the bound­ary be­tween Horowhenua District and Palmer­ston North City.

The ap­pli­ca­tion seeks to have the south­ern bound­ary of the city ex­tended to in­clude the town­ship of Toko­maru and the sur­round­ing area, and neigh­bour­ing O¯ piki.

These com­mu­ni­ties cur­rently fall within Horowhenua.

The Com­mis­sion agreed that the ap­pli­ca­tion con­tained suf­fi­cient in­for­ma­tion and pro­vided suf­fi­cient ev­i­dence of com­mu­nity sup­port for the process to start.

The Com­mis­sion will for­mally pub­licly no­tify the ap­pli­ca­tion and in­vite al­ter­na­tive ap­pli­ca­tions.

This will oc­cur early next year, as the Com­mis­sion did not con­sider tak­ing this step so close to the Christ­mas break would help af­fected com­mu­ni­ties.

Horowhenua District Coun­cil­lor Bernie Wanden, who filed a mo­tion at last month’s coun­cil meet­ing that coun­cil par­tic­i­pate in any dis­cus­sions on a bound­ary change be­tween Horowhenua and Palmer­ston North, said while both O¯ piki and Toko­maru are ge­o­graph­i­cally close to Palmer­ston North, “they are the essence of Horowhenua.

“We value the role both Opiki ¯ and Toko­maru play in our district.”

The coun­cil­lors voted in favour of the mo­tion that pledges to work with Palmer­ston North and the Lo­cal Governe­ment Com­mis­sion on this is­sue.

Wanden said it is good that this is hap­pen­ing.

“It shows the peo­ple who have ini­ti­tated this are be­ing lis­tened to and it is great that their re­quest is be­ing con­sid­ered.”

‘“It shows the peo­ple who have ini­ti­tated this are be­ing lis­tened to and it is great that their re­quest is be­ing con­sid­ered.

BERNIE WANDEN Horowhenua District Coun­cil­lor

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