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Representation arrangements for Dunedin City Council

Date: 8 April 2016

Commission announces decision on representation arrangements for Dunedin City Council

The Local Government Commission today announced its decision on the Dunedin City Council’s membership and ward arrangements for the 2016 local elections.

The Council had proposed that:

  • The council be elected at large (rather than from wards)
  • The number of councillors remain at 14
  • The boundaries of the Chalmers, Otago Peninsula, Saddle Hill and Waikouaiti Coast Community Boards be altered by transferring two areas between communities and excluding other areas from communities altogether
  • A Rural Taieri Community Board be established comprising the Strath Taieri Community Board’s area and the rural part of the Mosgiel-Taieri Community Board’s area

There were 16 appeals against the Council’s proposal.

After hearing from the Council and the appellants the Commission has decided to:

  • uphold the Council’s proposal for the Council to be elected at large
  • retain the existing community board system (apart from renaming the Chalmers Community Board as the West Harbour Community Board and two boundary alterations). 

The boundary alterations are the transfer of an area above Sawyers Bay from Waikouaiti Coast Community to West Harbour Community and the transfer of Quarantine Island from West Harbour Community to Otago Peninsula Community.

The Council’s representation arrangements for the 2016 local elections will therefore be as follows:

  • A Mayor and 14 councillors elected from the City as a whole
  • Six community boards as follows:

Strath Taieri Community Board

Waikouaiti Coast Community Board

Mosgiel-Taieri Community Board

Saddle Hill Community Board

West Harbour Community Board

Otago Peninsula Community Board

  • Each community board will have six members and one councillor appointed to the board by the Council

The determination is available on the Commission’s website: http://www.lgc.govt.nz/decisions-and-determinations/view/dunedin-city-council-2016

Summary of the Representation Review process

Councils are required by law to undertake a representation review every six years. The following is a brief outline of the process:

  • The Council makes its proposal
  • The Council invites submissions on its proposal
  • The Council considers submissions and makes a final proposal
  • People can object to or appeal against the proposal to the Local Government Commission
  • The Commission may hold an appeals hearing
  • The Commission makes and releases its Determination

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Media contacts:

Donald Riezebos | Principal Advisor | Local Government Commission | DDI +64 4 460 2202|

MOB 027 243 5658 | donald.riezebos@lgc.govt.nz 

 

Simon Cunliffe | Communications Advisor| Local Government Commission | DDI +64 4 474 8164|

MOB 027 809 3833 | simon.cunliffe@dia.govt.nz