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Waiheke application


Latest: 30 November 2017

The Local Government Commission has determined its preferred option for local government in the Auckland Council affected area is the existing local government arrangements in Auckland – the status quo. The final determination can be found here:

The options for North Rodney and Waiheke Unitary Authorities are not considered to meet the statutory tests for reasonably practicable options set out in the Local Government Act 2002 because:

  • they would not have a region that is appropriate for the efficient performance of their role; and  
  • they would not have the resources necessary to carry out effectively their responsibilities, duties and powers.

Having considered the relevant matters, the Commission is satisfied that the existing local government arrangements is the preferred option as it will, in the affected area of Auckland, best promote the purpose of local government and will facilitate improved economic performance.

Decision paper and supporting documents

More details can be found in the Commission’s decision paper and supporting documents below.

Auckland Reorganisation Decision Paper 
Includes APPENDIX A - Comment on financial analysis (PDF, 457KB)

APPENDIX B - Morrison Low report (PDF, 2.4MB)

APPENDIX C - Peer Review Panel minutes (PDF, 113KB)

APPENDIX D - Communities of Interest study - Rodney (PDF, 1.1MB)

APPENDIX E - Communities of Interest study - Waiheke (PDF, 808KB)

APPENDIX F - Community support research findings (PDF, 746KB)

Further information

See our media release: No change for North Rodney, Waiheke (30 November 2017)


9 August 2017 – The Local Government Commission has released a report authored by Morrison Low to assist the Commission identify the “reasonably practicable options’’ for local government in Auckland as part of the current reorganisation process.

The report’s findings are just one input into the Commission’s decision-making process. The Commission will also consider communities of interest analysis and the results and findings of any other investigations or inquiries it considers appropriate in its determination of the reasonably practicable options and, subsequently, the preferred option for local government change in Auckland.

The reasonably practicable options must always include the status quo local government arrangements for the affected area (Auckland). 


Talking to Auckland communities (6 September 2016)

The Commission received an application in December 2015 from a group called “Our Waiheke’’ for a unitary authority. At its March 2016 meeting, the Commission agreed to assess the application.  On 29 May 2016 it subsequently agreed to consider the Waiheke application as an “alternative application’’ in the Auckland Council reorganisation process initiated by the North Rodney reorganisation application.

This means the applications for Waiheke and North Rodney will now be treated as two applications for how local government in the Auckland Council area could be reorganised, rather than being assessed as part of two separate processes.  The deadline for any further alternative applications is 24 June as indicated in the invitation below.

Related media releases:

Commission seeking Auckland community views (6 September 2016)

Auckland local government submissions published (28 July 2016)

Waiheke application part of Auckland Council process (May 2016)

Invitation for alternative applications for local government reorganisation in the Auckland Council area (April 2016)

Commission to assess Waiheke application (March 2016)