Dr Jason Smith, Kaipara District Council Mayor

New Ward for election

by Paul Campbell

The Local Government Commission has endorsed a Kaipara District Council proposal on local body elections for boundary adjustments and the establishment of a new Kaiwaka — Mangawhai ward.

The new entity will join Dargaville, Otamatea and West Coast/Central Wards, with each electing two councillors and with the mayor elected ‘at-large’ across the district. The next local body poll is due in October.

The decision follows last year’s representation review — a survey required every six years to ensure council representation is fair, effective and meets the needs of its communities.

However, the council may choose to review its representation arrangements prior to the 2022 triennial elections, according to spokesman, Ben Hope.

Kaipara District Council Mayor Jason Smith said the decision “is an emphatic endorsement of the council’s work in improving the representation of Kaipara people at the council table. It’s a job well done with the experts saying we got this right. This sets us up confidently for the October council elections and beyond.”

The full report and determination can be found at kaipara.govt.nz/repreview.