By Alan Tristram
KCDC’s four-question, 1500-household phone survey on Local Government Reform is
misleading, says Otaki Community Board member Jackie Elliott.
Ms Elliott, who is standing for council in this year’s election, says she was one of the first
She says: “Alarm bells rang with the first question asking which of the two options, status quo or a Super City like Auckland, would I prefer. These are not
the correct two options for the region.”
“Every other district in the region who have consulted their public have given the correct two options, a one tier or two tier system in consultation.
“For KCDC to imply that reforms will not happen is misleading, and KCDC were asked by other working party members not to include status quo as an option for this reason,” says Ms
Community board query
Ms Elliott says a third question, ‘Was I aware that neither a one tier or two tier system included Community Boards?,’ also disappointed her, as I she has just sat on a joint Community Board working party to make submission on the reforms.
“We have produced a positive document which outlines the importance of maintaining the current level of local community consultation just under a ‘new label’, says Ms Elliott.
Wants group to produce model document
She says she has proposed that the group meet again to produce our their model for Community Advisory Committees for Local Government Commission to consider.
“We, the Kapiti Community board members, know what we want to maintain, and are probably the best to help Government plan how to achieve this,” says Ms Elliott.
“I feel it is irresponsible for Council to give up on our Community Boards so eagerly.”
She also says only 60 members of the public attended recent districtwide consultation meetings, so Council will be relying heavily on the results of the phone survey.