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Loc Govt Commission Announces Proposed Governance For Auckland

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Sue Piper
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Wellington, Nov 20 NZPA - Auckland's new super city council will have 20 councillors and its boundaries will take in some of Waikato under proposals announced today.

The Local Government Commission has laid out proposed new boundaries for Auckland and the make-up of local boards and the council.

Commission chairwoman Sue Piper said key proposals were:

* 20 city councillors coming from 12 wards. Eight wards would have two councillors each and four only one;

* 19 local boards;

* local board membership ranging from five to nine councillors with 126 in total.

Ms Piper, a former Wellington councillor, said the commission aimed at ensuring effective representation of communities of interest and as well as for all voters.

It used a ratio of 10 percent of the average population of the district to each councillor. Each Auckland councillor is proposed to represent between 53,590 and 88,000 people.

Existing names were used in the majority of areas and new names were chosen to reflect prominent geographical features.

The boundary changes followed as closely as possible the existing southern boundary of Auckland region, Ms Piper said.

However it would take in some urban areas in Waikato which were:

* The part of the Waiuku urban area and adjacent future growth areas;

* parts of Pukekohe;

* the adjacent area of Buckland;

* the area to the east of Pukekohe, north of Mill road.

The commission recommended the Waikato District Council and new Auckland Council allow residents north of the river to access appropriate services through Auckland Council offices in Pukekohe.

The Mangatawhiri and Mangatangi catchments would as much as possible be included in the Waikato Region and Waikato District.

The part of Franklin District between the Mangatangi Stream catchment and the Firth of Thames would be included in Waikato Region and either Hauraki District or Waikato District.

Ms Piper said the Waikato District Council, the Franklin District Council and the Auckland Transition Agency needed to immediately start discussing the proposals.

The public can made submissions until December 11. Ms Piper said the tight timeframe was because all arrangements had to be finalised by March next year to prepare for local elections in October.

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