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Waikino Says No to Boundary Change

Posted 19 June 2018 by Gold FM in Council Matters

Hauraki District Councillors turned out in force to the historic Victoria Hall last night to test the temperature of the Waikino community regarding their proposed boundary change idea.

The temperature of some residents had heated up when suggestions Waikino should undergo a boundary change and join the Paeroa Ward surfaced. 

Hauraki District Council is required to review their representation arrangements at least once every six years. The current representation of 12 councillors no longer complies with the fair representation criteria because Waihi has the largest population of the district's three Wards.

The proposal to move Waikino's boundary seemed to come out of left field for locals and it would mean Waihi would lose enough of its population to keep the Councillor representation even across the three Wards rather than Waihi being entitled to an extra representative.

Deputy Mayor Toby Adams took the lead in the pre consultation meeting, providing an informal light heartedness that made for a well run constructive get together.

Waikino residents left the Council representatives and staff present in no doubt as to their preferred option. A challenge from the floor regarding the illegality of drawing a Ward boundary through a community of interest put Council on notice that this community of interest was not to be dabbled with. A show of hands signified Waikino wanted to stay with Waihi and when a resident questioned whether the show of hands was convincing enough they were assured it was by Deputy Mayor Adams, who ensured discussions stayed on track.

Once the boundary line was reinstated conversation moved to other points of interest in the community with a question and answer time.

A cuppa and a bikkie with a chat between neighbours or introductions between new faces was available before most people left and a group of locals stayed behind to discuss local issues.

The process from here will likely move to district wide consultation. If a person who makes a submission is not satisfied with the council’s amended proposal they can appeal against it. And if a council receives any objection it must refer the whole representation review to the Local Government Commission.