Kapiti’s four community boards will stay after all – with one extra planned: a board for Raumati.
But expect at least one appeal from Waikanae which will continue to have a single ward councillor.
District councillors faced a deadline yesterday in the electoral landscape for next year’s local poll.
The proposal that went nowhere
Councillors had clearly signalled the proposal to dump the boards would go nowhere.
But they ended by voting to add the extra community board, put forward by Paekakariki-Raumati councillor Sophie Handford and seconded by at-large councillor Gwynn Compton.
It had started as a formal proposal to put a “subdivision” into the existing Paraparaumu/Raumati board, adding two Raumati-based board members.
Mansell condemns ‘shambles’
Before the debate Waikanae community board member Richard Mansell had called the representation review a “bit of a shambles.”
He said the council had little idea of what people wanted.
The proposal to remove community boards and set up a super ward for Waikanae and Paraparaumu “was clumsy and ill-conceived and Waikanae would never have accepted it”.
He said the proposal on the table- which councillors voted for on Thursday- would leave Waikanae – a quarter the population – with a lone voice at the council table. By contrast Otaki would have four voices- including mayor Gurunathan—and three councillors at the table.
Mansell said Waikanae paid high rates, had lost its transfer station and “felt put upon.”
The deadline facing councillors is Monday November 15.
The formal proposal will automatically go to the Local Government Commission because the population numbers for the Otaki and Waikanae wards are outside the plus or minus ten percent tolerance.
In addition any appeals or objections to the details approved on Thursday must also go the Local Government Commission. KIN understands at least one appeal will be filed over the decision to leave Waikanae with a single councillor.