Final Proposal for Representation Arrangements for the 2012 Local Government Elections

On 28 June 2012 the Hurunui District Council considered the 12 submissions it received on its proposal regarding the representation arrangements for the Council and its constituent community board to apply for the local elections to be held on 12 October 2013.  11 of the submissions were in favour of the Council’s proposal. One submission objected to the number of councillors and suggested that 7 councillors plus the mayor to be sufficient for a district the size of Hurunui.

Having considered the objection, the Council resolved to adopt its initial proposal as the final proposal.  The Council rejected the objection to reduce the number of councillors from 9 to 7 as this would require a major reorganisation of the district. The population of the Amberley and Amuri-Hurunui Wards did not enable the Council to reduce the number of councillors from 3 to 2 while leaving the other wards as they were.

Therefore, the Council’s final proposal is to retain the current representation arrangement which has:

• 5 wards and 9 councillors (Amberley and Amuri-Hurunui wards with 3 councillors each; Cheviot, Glenmark and Hanmer Springs wards all with 1 councillor each)
• 1 Mayor – elected at large
• 1 community board in Hanmer Springs (the community of interest based on the ward boundary with 5 elected members and the Hanmer Springs ward councillor)

Those who made a submission on the Council’s initial proposal may lodge an appeal against the Council’s decision. An appeal must relate to the matters raised in their submission and must be made in writing.  Appeals are to be forwarded to Audrey van der Monde, Hurunui District Council, PO Box 13, Amberley 7441 by no later than Monday, 13 August 2012.