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Submissions on Ward Boundaries

Time move on and if you want to have a say on the ward boundaries and local boards then you need to do so by Friday 11th.

Here follows the submission by the Waiheke Island Community Planning Group (WICPG).

FURTHER SUBMISSION TO THE LOCAL GOVERNMENT COMMISSION

Ward Boundaries and Representation, and the Local Government (Auckland Council) Act 2009

The case for recognition of, and provision for, the importance of ‘difference’ – Te Motu o Waiheke e te Tikapa Moana[1]

11 December 2009

Introduction

The Waiheke Island Community Planning Group Inc (WICPG) has prepared this submission and is presenting this submission.  This is a further submission to our initial submission of October 16 2009. As outlined in our initial submission, WICPG has been an active community group on Waiheke Island for the past five years.

Submission :

As outlined in our July 21 2009 Submission to the Local Government and Environment Select Committee re the Local Government [ Auckland Council ] No 2 Bill 2009, we believe that the 2-tier system as currently conceived for the Auckland Council is doomed to failure because of its inherent power imbalances which do not sufficiently represent local, but rather attribute Auckland Council governance priorities towards hierarchical command and control CCO infrastructure management only. This is reinforced by the draft Organisation Chart of the ATA Discussion document of Nov 2, by recent press release statements about the No 3 Bill, and by other feedback from the ATA regarding the irrelevance of Waiheke community matters. Thus we lobby for the establishment of a Chief of Local Board Services to report directly to the Chief Executive.

With reference to the LGC Auckland Governance Arrangements Volume 1 doc, we believe that the Maungawhau -HGI Ward as proposed does not meet  Objective 3 to provide for Auckland’s diverse communities”, or indeed the Criteria “effective representation of  those communities of interest,or indeed the Legal Compliance of Recognition of Communities of Interest as “having a shared vision and history”, or indeed the definition of Effective Representation as “not grouping unlike communities of interest.”

Additionally we believe that the LGC skew of Ward representation towards population representation as opposed to communities of interest, does not permit adequate representation for the wellbeings of the Hauraki Gulf.

Thus we lobby for better Hauraki Gulf representation, especially but not only by way of Waiheke Local Board representation on the Hauraki Gulf Forum, and we support other evolving models for such representation including separate spatial planning for the Gulf, and separate bi-cultural governance for the Gulf. We also support the move towards Unesco Biosphere recognition of Waiheke and the Gulf. We also lobby for the establishment of a specific Hauraki Gulf input into the above proposed role of Chief of Local Board Services.

As outlined in our original submission to the LGC dated Oct 16, we believe that Waiheke has little shared vision and history and even inherent communities of conflict rather than communities of interest with those areas dominated by the Auckland C&R party, especially including Parnell and Newmarket as currently included within the Maungawhau-HGI Ward. Thus we lobby for the reduction in the size of the Maungawhau -HGI Ward to better align with the boundaries of the Auckland Central Electorate, and for more Wards overall.

Should the opportunity arise, we wish to be heard at any appropriate hearing.

Appendices :

Original WICPG Submission to the LGC dated Oct 16 2009

WICPG Submission to AGL Select Committee dated July 21 2009

Draft Organisation Chart of the ATA Discussion document of Nov 2,

Preamble to the Hauraki Gulf Marine Park Act 2000,

together Section 3, – Purpose;  and Section 16,(2),(d), – Representation.

Maps showing desired boundary changes for the Maungawhau-HGI Ward

Appendix 2 from the LGC Auckland Governance Arrangements Volume 1 doc


[1] Waiheke Island and the Hauraki Gulf

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