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Public notice: Process for investigating possible boundary alteration between Horowhenua District and Palmerston North City and notice of public meetings

Date: 18 August 2020

The Local Government Commission has adopted a process document for investigating a possible boundary alteration between Horowhenua District and Palmerston North City. The adoption of such a document, outlining the process the Commission intends taking for the investigation, is required by clause 7 of Schedule 3 of the Local Government Act 2002.

The investigation has its origins in an application made in November 2018 from a group of local residents to have an area including the township of Tokomaru, the rural locality of Opiki, and an area extending south towards Shannon, that is currently within the district, included in the city.

A map showing the area potentially affected is available on the Commission’s website at www.lgc.govt.nz.

The adoption of the investigation process document follows consultation with affected local authorities and iwi and hapū.

The key features of the investigation process document are:

  • The Commission intends holding two public meeting for residents of the affected area to present information and hear community views. (Details of these meetings are set out below.) 
  • If it decides to continue the process, the Commission will undertake a second consultation phase. This will involve publishing a short consultation document signaling the Commission’s intentions at that point and inviting public submissions. The Commission expects to complete this phase by the end of October 2020.
  • It is expected that the Commission will then be in a position to make a decision by the end of 2020 on whether or not it should develop and adopt a reorganisation plan.

Public meetings on the possible boundary alteration will be held at:

  • Opiki Community Hall on Tuesday, 25 August 2020 at 3.30pm
  • Tokomaru Community Hall on Tuesday, 25 August 2020 at 7pm.

Copies of the investigation process document are available on the Commission’s website at www.lgc.govt.nz. Further information can be obtained from the Commission at:

Phone: (04) 460 2228

email: info@lgc.govt.nz

Postal address: PO Box 5362, Wellington 6140

The relevant legislation can be accessed via the New Zealand Government website www.legislation.govt.nz/browse.aspx.

It is likely that access to online legislation may also be obtained through assistance from staff of local public libraries.

 

Penny Langley

Chief Executive Officer