From Denise Roche – our local councillor
Representation on the Super City Council – What Do We Want?
Public meeting: Sunday 11th October, 2pm
Ostend Hall, Belgium Street, Ostend
In the shake up of governance in the Auckland region the Waiheke community can claim a victory because all of the submissions we’ve all made over the last year and a half has resulted in Waiheke keeping a local board when the Super City comes into force in as year’s time.
The Local Government Commission is currently developing plans on how the Super City can be divided up into wards and how the 20 councillors that the government says will make up the Super Council could be allocated across the region. Before they decide their proposal they want feedback on how this could work.
I want your thought’s on this – because your elected representatives have a unique opportunity to try to influence the proposal that the Local Government Commission will put out for public submissions so we need to represent all views adequately.
In the next few months there is a lot of work for all of us to do – so this meeting is also about continuing the discussion about democracy and how we can best be represented at a local government level.
The Government is pushing the Super City arrangements through in a helluva rush so the timeframes for our input is tight:
October 16th – last day for informal feedback from elected representatives to the Local Government Commission
November 20th – Local Government Commission releases draft proposal on wards and boundaries and numbers of local boards for public submissions
December 11th – Submissions close (no verbal submissions)
January/February wards/boundaries etc announced
And on top of all that in November we can expect to put in submissions on the the next Auckland Governance bill – which deals with the responsibilities and powers of local boards.
Please come to the meeting on Sunday if you are able to. It’s about democracy.
Naku noa na,
Auckland City Councillor
Hauraki Gulf Islands ward
ph: 372 6578 or 027 209 7554