On 7 February 2013 the Local Government Commission received an application from ‘A Better Hawke’s Bay’ Trust, under clause 3 of Schedule 3 of the Local Government Act 2002 (the Act), for reorganisation of local government in Hawke’s Bay.
Specifically the application is for the union of the districts of Wairoa, Napier, Hastings and Central Hawke’s Bay, and the constitution of a new local authority, called Hawke’s Bay Council.
The proposed new council would assume the functions and responsibilities currently held by the existing territorial authorities for these four districts and of the Hawke’s Bay Regional Council, which would all be abolished.
Alternative application overview:
The Local Government Commission has released a summary of alternative proposals received from individuals and organisations who want to reorganise local authorities in Hawke’s Bay.
The responses propose a variety of changes in governance structures as well as retention of status quo arrangements.