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Prospect of a better council

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12.01.2019

Not only will we have a smaller council governance team that can make decisions more efficiently and effectively, but its members should be better qualified for the job.

That is the enticing prospect of a shake-up of our representation model that is highly likely to be ushered in by the Local Government Commission (which is now expected to make its decision for our District Council’s governance arrangements around the end of this month).

To recap, councils have to review their representation model at least once every six years. Population-equivalence requirements for ward systems has led to an expanding number of councillors here, as representatives of shrinking rural areas strived to keep as strong a voice as possible at the table.

After submissions were received last year on an initial proposal that tried to maintain the status quo of ward representation — having to shoehorn northern parts of the Poverty Bay Flats into the southern East Coast ward to do so, as well as add another city ward member for a total of 14 councillors — the council settled on a new proposal: councillor........

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