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Alterations to the boundary between Kawerau District and Whakatane District

Overview:

Tell us what you think

The Commission is investigating the Kawerau District Council reorganisation initiative.  We want to know what you think about the proposed changes to the boundary between Kawerau District and Whakatane District.

You can tell us here: www.surveymonkey.com/r/5GKH768

For further detail on the proposed changes, you can read the consultation document and related public notice here:

Kawerau reorganisation initiative – consultation document (PDF, 6.7MB)

Public Notice - 28 October 2022

You can also email your feedback to us at submissions@lgc.govt.nz, or post it to us at the Local Government Commission, PO Box 5362, Wellington 6140.

Paper copies of the feedback form and reorganisation initiative are available at the Kawerau District Council and Whakatane District Council offices, and at public libraries.

You can also call the Commission on 027 276 3901.

Please get your feedback to us by 31 March 2023.

Next step:  Commission considers feedback and if required, holds a public hearing.

Reorganisation investigation process

At its meeting on 20 October 2022, the Commission adopted a reorganisation investigation process document for its investigation into the proposed boundary change between Kawerau District and Whakatane District.  The process document was adopted following consultation with affected local authorities, iwi and hapū. You can read the process document and related public notice here:

Kawerau reorganisation initiative – investigation process (PDF, 700KB)

Public Notice - 28 October 2022

Next step:  Commission undertakes investigation

Agreement to investigate reorganisation initiative

On 21 June 2022 the Commission agreed to undertake a reorganisation investigation in relation to the Kawerau District Council reorganisation initiative.

Having agreed to investigate the initiative, the Commission notified the affected local authorities, iwi and hapū.

Next step:  Commission drafts, adopts and notifies investigation process document after consultation with affected local authorities, iwi and hapū.

Receipt of reorganisation initiative

The Kawerau District Council lodged a reorganisation initiative dated 7 April 2022 with the Commission.  The initiative proposed changes to the boundary between Kawerau District and Whakatane District.  The effect of the proposed changes would be to transfer four parcels of land in three separate areas from Whakatane District to Kawerau District.  The affected areas that would become part of Kawerau District if the proposed changes were to proceed are shown in the map here:

Map - Kawerau District Council – Proposed boundary changes (PDF, 6.2MB)

Kawerau District Council considers that the proposed boundary change would better support further expansion of the Putauaki Trust Industrial Park and address two historical anomalies associated with the existing boundary.

You can read the original reorganisation initiative here:

Kawerau District boundary reorganisation initiative (PDF, 7.2MB)

Next step:  Commission decides to investigate/not investigate reorganisation initiative.