Council decides on district representation

Council decides on district representation

Thursday, August 02, 2018

The South Taranaki District Council (STDC) confirmed its proposal regarding the district’s representation arrangements for the 2019 Local Government elections at its extraordinary meeting on Monday (30 July).

The Council decided to make two ward name changes to its proposal, after considering 21 public submissions, including six who spoke at the hearing.

STDC Policy and Governance Manager, Coral Hair, says 14 of the 21 submissions were in favour of the Council’s initial proposal, with one neutral, and six objecting to various elements of the proposal.

The name changes involved the proposed Ōpūnake-Manaia and Hāwera-Tangahoe Wards.

“After considering the submissions the Ward name Taranaki Coastal was chosen over the proposed Ōpūnake-Manaia (currently known as Egmont Plains), as it was felt this better represented the northern part of the ward and the coastal surf highway environment that this part of Taranaki is known for,” says Ms Hair.

“Following a submission from the Hāwera-Tangahoe Community Board, Te Hāwera was chosen over the proposed Hāwera-Tangahoe Ward name.”

Ms Hair says that to avoid confusion, the Council agreed that the names of the wards and community boards should be the same.

In line with the proposal that went out for public consultation three of the four ward boundaries have been redrawn, except for the current Pātea Ward which remains the same. The main Ward change is the amalgamation of the current Hāwera-Normanby and Tangahoe Wards. The western part of the Tangahoe Ward is included in the slightly enlarged Taranaki Coastal Ward and the rest is joined to the current Hāwera-Normanby Ward creating the new Te Hāwera Ward.

The District’s 12 Councillors (elected from four wards) and four Community Boards will be kept and the Mayor will continue to be elected across the whole District.

Click here to read the public notice which sets out the final proposal including information about appeals and objections.