Waiheke Local Board and De-Amalgamation Timeline

March - LGC accepts Our Waiheke's application to de-amalgamate

The Local Government Commission formally accepts Our Waiheke’s application to de-amalgamate from Auckland Council and form a Waiheke Unitary Council.

2016

December - Our Waiheke application lodged with the LGC

Our Waiheke formally lodge an application for Waiheke to de-amalgamate from Auckland Council

December

Visit to LGC by John and Carolyn, drafting and finalising application to LGC

September , October , November

Hawkes Bay rejects amalgamation proposal

August

Waiheke Hikoi to Piritahi Marae, speakers, celebration and hangi attracts approximately 200 people in support of Waiheke getting it’s own Council.

July 2015 - Hikoi and hangi for supporters and others planned.

Two new Commissioners appointed to Local Government Commission
North Rodney submits application to LGC

LGC decides not to proceed with amalgamations in Wellington and Northland

LGC decides not to proceed with amalgamations in Wellington and Northland, issues a proposal for Hawkes Bay

Our Waiheke Newspaper published with petition form to fill in

Volunteers and team distributing to and collecting signatures from households, on ferries and in public places. Online poll for Aucklanders.

Our Waiheke public compaign in full swing

Our Waiheke public meetings with Waiheke community and interest groups. Media releases, interviews, fundraising. Facebook page active. Online survey of Waihekeans shows major support.

Auckland Council cuts funding and ignore Local Boards

Auckland Council cuts 1.4 million dollars from the Waiheke Local Board budget. Of these funds, $1 million were earmarked for a community pool.

Read newspaper article about local boards’ being ignored and enduring funding cuts

Auckland Transport Ignores Waiheke Local Board

Auckland Transport ignores Waiheke Local Board’s request to alter road resealing to preserve a site of ecological significance, refuses the Board’s request for allocation of two Matiatia car parks to an e-bike company for its bike hire, repaves footpaths that don’t need repaving, but refuses to make a footpath for school children to get to school safely.

Read newspaper article about footpath safety

Auckland Council annouce 5.6% per year rates increase for 10 years

This might not sound like much but 5.6% compounded equals 70% increase plus the added capital gains.  This has the potential to force low income earners to have to sell their property with the elderly being the most vulnerable in this situation.

Councils 10 year plan stating that they want to increase rates by 5.6% every year for 10 years.

John Meeuwsen kicks off the Our Waiheke Campaign to separate from Auckland Supercity


Article about John Meeuwsen and Our Waiheke

2015

2013 local elections

Mike Lee is re-elected to the Auckland Council. Paul Walden re-elected to the Local Board, becoming chair, joined by Becs Ballard, Shirin Brown John Meeuwsen and Beatle Treadwell,

Waiheke local elections 2013 results

2013

Local Government Act Changed

Amendments to local government legislation in 2012 now allow communities with fewer than 10,000 residents to propose ‘re-organisation’, which means Waiheke no longer has to join up with another council to de-amalgamate.

2012

2010 local elections

Waiheke resident Mike Lee is elected councillor for the Waitemata and Gulf Ward. Denise Roche, Faye Storer (chair), Jo Holmes, Don McKenzie and Jim Hannan elected to the Local Board. After Roche’s resignation on becoming a member of parliament for the Green Party of New Zealand in 2011, Paul Walden is elected in a by-election.

2010

Auckland City Council award Waiheke rubbish collection to Transpacific Industries

This decision was made in the face of much protest from Waiheke residents and loss of local jobs.

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Nobilangelo de-amalgamation campaign

Waiheke Community Board member Nobilangelo Ceramalus campaigns unsuccessfully for Waiheke to secede from Auckland City. He proposes combining with Thames Coromandel District Council in order to reach the minimum of 10,000 residents needed for de-amalgamation.

Listen to radio interview

The Royal Commission recommends that Waiheke Island retain its community board, with enhanced powers.


Read the report

2009

Public meeting encourages islanders to make submissions to Royal Commission on Local Government

A public meeting of 150 residents on 29 March 2008 shows strong support for breaking away from Auckland City. Islanders are asked to submit their views by 22nd April.

Read local news article about this

2008

Essentially Waiheke Document Created

The Essentially Waiheke document is created in close consultation with Waiheke residents.

Download the Essentially Waiheke Document

2000

De-amalgamation proposal sponsored by the Waiheke Community Board is defeated

Auckland city residents vote in a democratic referendum against Waiheke breaking away.

1991

Request to de-amalgamate from the Auckland City Council

Waiheke Community Board formally requested the right to de-amalgamate from the City.

1990

Waiheke County Council is amalgamated with Auckland City Council

The amended Local Government Amendment Act (1989) forces amalgamation. No referendum held or petition from Waiheke residents.

1989

Excerpt from the Royal Commission Report pertaining to Waiheke

Part 9: Setting Community Boards in Context

Page 443

Waiheke and Great Barrier Islands differ very significantly. The nature of local government services is different, and yet from the viewpoint of preferred governance arrangements, their community board chairs reach similar conclusions. In the case of the Waiheke Community Board, the chair emphasised the following headline points:

  • Waiheke is quite distinct as a community and very different from urban Auckland in environmental and social terms.
  • At the same time it has strong links to Auckland City in terms of daily commuting,ownership of baches on the island, and some 80% of visitors to Waiheke Island coming from the Auckland urban area (with the need for infrastructure to accommodate a significant seasonal influx).
  • The island has benefited from city-wide funding to support new and upgraded infrastructure such as the Oneroa sewerage scheme.
  • Decision-making processes in “city hall” that bypass local input can seem strong in principle but miss important local context. A recent example cited related to the community board having the opportunity of input only after a council standing committee had set a course of action that would see large “wheelie bins” used for a curbside domestic refuse collection on Waiheke Island. In the view of the board, such a scheme lacked understanding of the number of steep driveways and older residents on the island.
  • Notwithstanding the city council maintaining an office on the island with a dozen staff, the harmonious relationship between local board and council staff, spoken of on Great Barrier Island, was not described as existing on Waiheke Island.

From the submissions I have considered and discussion with the board chair, the most appropriate way forward for Waiheke seems similar to that for Great Barrier Island: namely, a community board or similar arrangement to achieve the following general framework:

  • implementation of projects and the fine-tuning of other spending on the island
  • significant input to development and review of the district plan covering Waiheke Island, with the plan being adopted by an authority in Auckland.