by Geoffrey Churchman

The difference for Waikanae people is that the northern boundary for the Waikanae Ward shifts slightly south: Te Horo from Te Hapua Road will go into into the Ōtaki Ward.

The Local Government Commission will make the final decision adopted by the council this month, because the final proposal doesn’t comply with the fair representation rule: for the two councilor seats, Ōtaki is over-represented by 12 percent, and Waikanae under-represented by 25 percent.

The council received 532 written and 59 oral submissions including mine (posted earlier), the main part of which was for retention of the ward boundaries for the Community Boards, but making all councilor seats district-wide.

What extra powers the Community Boards may get, to embrace the principle of decentralised local decision making, will be largely up to whoever is the next mayor.

A new Community Board for Raumati will come into being, making five in total.

Anyone (including an organisation) who made a submission on the Council’s initial proposal may lodge an appeal against the Council’s decision.  An appeal must relate to the matters raised in the submission; likewise, anyone (including an organisation) may lodge an objection to the Council’s final proposal. Any objection must identify the matters to which the objection relates.

The difference between appeals and objections is that an appeal must relate to matters raised in your original submission, whereas an objection can be on any aspect of the final proposal.

Appeals and objections must be in writing and received by Council by 5:00 pm on Monday 13 December 2021 and should be forwarded to the council:

Attention – Sarah Wattie
Civic Administration Building
175 Rimu Road
Paraparaumu 5254

Further information is on the council website at: