Waihi Beach com­mu­nity board to con­tinue

Waihi Leader - - News -

Waihi Beach Com­mu­nity Board will con­tinue af­ter Western Bay of Plenty District Coun­cil pre­sented its Rep­re­sen­ta­tion Re­view fi­nal pro­posal.

The Coun­cil has adopted its fi­nal pro­posal for the re­view of rep­re­sen­ta­tion ar­range­ments for the 2019 and 2022 tri­en­nial elec­tions.

Coun­cil tai­lored its pro­posal with a mix of com­mu­nity boards and ward coun­cil­lor com­mit­tees.

This means that from next year, Coun­cil would have four com­mu­nity boards — Waihi Beach, Katikati, Maketu¯ and Te Puke, and three ward coun­cil­lor com­mit­tees — Kaimai, East­ern and Matakana/Rangi­waea Is­lands.

moko­roa com­mu­nity board will be dis­es­tab­lished, and three ward coun­cil­lor com­mit­tees will also be cre­ated for ar­eas which are not cov­ered by the com­mu­nity boards, ex­cept for moko­roa.

Coun­cil says its fi­nal pro­posal fol­lows a com­pre­hen­sive con­sul­ta­tion and en­gage­ment process to gain bet­ter un­der­stand­ing of the Western Bay com­mu­nity’s views on fair and ef­fec­tive rep­re­sen­ta­tion, and com­mu­ni­ties of in­ter­est.

The fi­nal pro­posal is:

■ The num­ber of coun­cil­lors elected from the ex­ist­ing three wards re­mains un­changed at 11, with the Mayor elected on a District-wide ba­sis.

■ The first-past-the-post vot­ing sys­tem is re­tained.

■ A mi­nor bound­ary ad­just­ment between the Katikati/Waihi Beach and Kaimai Wards.

■ The Waihi Beach, Maketu¯ and Te Puke com­mu­nity boards re­tained in their cur­rent bound­aries.

■ The Katikati Com­mu­nity Board re­tained in the ad­justed bound­ary.

■ The moko­roa Com­mu­nity Board is dis­es­tab­lished.

Mayor Garry Web­ber says the de­ci­sion is the most prag­matic so­lu­tion that Coun­cil could achieve to ac­knowl­edge the wishes of all the District’s com­mu­ni­ties.

“This will sat­isfy the re­quests of the ma­jor­ity of sub­mit­ters and shows that we are happy to go out and talk with our com­mu­ni­ties, lis­ten and to re­spond.”

Coun­cil’s ini­tial pro­posal to re­place the five ex­ist­ing com­mu­nity boards with three com­mu­nity com­mit­tees, whose bound­aries would match the wards and have a mem­ber­ship of peo­ple nom­i­nated from the com­mu­nity through an ex­pres­sion of in­ter­est-style process, was widely de­bated in Waihi Beach and district wide.

■ The fi­nal pro­posal will be pub­licly no­ti­fied next Tues­day and a one-month ap­peal/ ob­jec­tion pe­riod will take place un­til No­vem­ber 2. If any ap­peals or ob­jec­tions are re­ceived a fi­nal de­ter­mi­na­tion will be made by the Lo­cal Gov­ern­ment Com­mis­sion by April next year.

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