Public To Have Final Say On Proposed Representation for Hurunui
The council has now endorsed a final Representation Review proposal for consultation, and it is time for the public to have their say on the proposed model.
Part of local government representation criteria is to have an equal distribution of population between the councillors in each ward to ensure all residents have the same opportunity for representation. The Hurunui’s five ward model no longer fits the population to councillor formula so the council needs to make changes.
As a result of multiple councillor workshops, four proposed alternatives to the Hurunui’s current ward and councillor model were made public earlier this year. These have now been narrowed down to one final proposal as a result of the initial feedback the council received from residents.
Hurunui District Council’s Public Services Manager, Audrey van der Monde, says the council’s endorsement of the most popular model will enable the community to get involved and influence the final stage of the review process.
“It is important the council receives final feedback from the public before the final ward and committee structures are confirmed. After this, the representation model will be formalised and used in next year’s council elections.”
The proposal would see the introduction of the following:
- An East Ward with two councillors, replacing the current Cheviot and Glenmark Wards.
- A West Ward with four councillors, replacing the current Amuri-Hurunui and Hanmer Springs Wards.
- A South Ward with four councillors, replacing the current Amberley Ward.
- A Hanmer Springs Community Board with six members, remaining the same as it is now.
- 5 Community Committees, retaining the current ward committee structure for Amuri, Hurunui, Glenmark, Cheviot and Amberley.
Mayor Winton Dalley says the initial feedback received from the community has enabled the council to firm up a proposal that is as similar to the current representation model as possible, while also meeting the population to councillor criteria.
“It is important our residents have their voices heard when it comes to this final proposal and how they will be represented around the council table going forward.”
Information for residents on the final proposal and how to get involved in the consultation process will be available on the council’s website and an information pamphlet will be delivered to every household’s letterbox in the coming weeks.