We urge all Waiheke residents and ratepayers who support a separate council for Waiheke to write to the LGC.
You may wish to support our proposal in the way described below or put forward a variation of it – in either case it will have more impact if you use your own words. If you are happy with our proposal as is, simply send the following to the LGC by 24 June, 2016 – via email to firstname.lastname@example.org or on paper to P.O.Box 5362 Wellington.
“I / we support the establishment of a Waiheke unitary council comprising a single ward with an elected mayor, deputy mayor and 5 to 7 Councillors. I believe our application should be considered by the LGC separately from consideration of any other reorganisation proposals for Auckland Council and its CCOs.”
[A “unitary council” is a council that fulfils the functions of both a district and a regional council in its area of jurisdiction.]
For our full application go to: http://www.ourwaiheke.co.nz/our-waiheke-has-lodged-an-application-with-the-local-government-commission/
You will find an indicative map of the boundaries we proposed, the additional submission we made to the LGC made in March, and other relevant information.
What happens after LGC consideration of all alternative reorganisation proposals?
If the LGC decides that its preferred option/s are not the status quo, it will develop a draft reorganisation proposal or proposals and consult further with the community in order to gauge public support for them. It will then make final decisions on its preferred local government option/s for the Auckland area. This process could take quite a long time and will certainly not be completed before the coming local government elections in September/October.