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1st February 2012

Nelson City Council has welcomed the Local Government’s decision to go forward with a poll to decide whether amalgamation between Nelson City and Tasman District Councils will go ahead.

A new local government structure for the Nelson and Tasman area, to be called the Nelson Tasman District, has been approved by the Commission. The structure will be put to the electors of both districts for approval in separate polls in April this year.

Council CEO Keith Marshall says the polls now mean the choice goes to the people, which is entirely appropriate. “This is a major decision for our region and will shape its future. It’s now up to the people of Nelson City and Tasman District to have their say.”

The postal polls will be held in April the decision whether to go ahead will rest on whether more than 50% of respondents in each Council area vote for or against amalgamation.    
Voting documents will be mailed to electors of Nelson City and Tasman District between Thursday 29 March and Wednesday 4 April 2012.

Completed voting documents must be received by the electoral officer before noon, Saturday, 21 April 2012. If a majority of electors in both polls vote in favour of a union, the reorganisation scheme will be implemented by an Order in Council.

A transition committee, comprising representatives of Nelson City Council and Tasman District Council plus an independent chairperson, will then meet to put in place the necessary steps for the new Council to come into existence on 1 November 2012.

This will follow elections for the new council and community boards in October 2012. The Transition Committee will recommend appointment of a transition manager to manage the detailed transition process.

For further information please visit the Local Government Commission website.

31st January 2012

The decision whether or not to amalgamate the Nelson City and Tasman District Councils is to be made by their resident electors.

The Local Government Commission has released its decision on the next steps in the reorganisation process, which involves a poll of electors in each area.

A new local government structure for the Nelson and Tasman area, to be called the Nelson Tasman District, has been approved by the Commission. The structure will be put to the electors of both districts for approval in separate polls in April this year

A majority of electors in both polls need to be in favour of the proposal for it to go ahead. If approved, the new scheme will come into effect on 1 November 2012.

The new scheme was proposed by the LGC in June last year in response to the presentation of an elector initiated petition. Basil Morrison, Chair of the Local Government Commission, says this kicked off the process of considering the proposal by the LGC. “We put forward a draft reorganisation scheme and called for submissions and sought information which was then carefully considered.

“After receiving and considering over 400 submissions, the draft reorganisation scheme has now been approved with modifications and reissued as a reorganisation scheme,” says Mr Morrison.

Under the scheme, the Nelson Tasman District will be divided into eight wards with a mayor and 16 members. The councillors will be elected from eight wards as follows: Golden Bay one councillor, Lakes-Murchison one councillor, Motueka two councillors, Moutere-Waimea two councillors, Richmond three councillors, Stoke three councillors, Nelson three councillors, and Atawhai one councillor.

A Māori Board and Rural Advisory Committee are also to be established alongside two community boards in Golden Bay and Motueka. The administrative headquarters for Nelson Tasman District will be located in Richmond.

Next steps

The Poll:
Voting documents will be mailed to electors of Nelson City and Tasman District between Thursday 29 March and Wednesday 4 April 2012.

Completed voting documents must be received by the electoral officer before noon, Saturday, 21 April 2. If a majority of electors in both polls vote in favour of a union, the reorganisation scheme will be implemented by an Order in Council.

A transition committee, comprising representatives of Nelson City Council and Tasman District Council plus an independent chairperson, will then meet to put in place the necessary steps for the new Council to come into existence on 1 November 2012.

This will follow elections for the new council and community boards in October 2012. The Transition Committee will recommend appointment of a transition manager to manage the detailed transition process.

Nelson City Council CEO Keith Marshall says the poll now means the choice goes to the people, which is entirely appropriate. “This is a major decision for our region and will shape its future. It’s now up to the people of Nelson City and Tasman District to have their say.”

More information can be found at www.lgc.govt.nz

11 August 2011

The Nelson City Council is supporting the union of Nelson City and Tasman District.

In a submission to the Local Government Commission’s call for views on the proposed reorganisation, Council agrees the move is appropriate, but with some further recommendations.

These include changing the proposed name from Nelson-Tasman District to Nelson Council, Maori representation, strengthening Community Board responsibilities and appointing an independent chair with a casting vote on the Transition committee. 

The Council’s submission says the union of the two councils will improve the efficiency and effectiveness of local government in the area. Deputy Mayor Ali Boswijk says that a number of trends occurring in the Nelson Tasman region mean a single council will provide better local government for the region now and into the future.

The Council submission recommends the Local Government Commission ask both Councils to refrain from being part of the debate prior to the public poll on the amalgamation and LGC be left to provide clear information on what is proposed and the advantages and disadvantages.

Submissions on the new organisation structure close on 19 August. 

Timeline:

19 August 2011 - submissions close
October 2011 - Hearings
December 2011 - LGC Final Decision
March 2012 - Polls Held
April 2012 - Order in Council prepared to give effect to the scheme (if poll successful). The Order in Council would constitute the Transition Committee.
October 2012 - Elections
1 November 2012 - Council takes office.

10 December 2010

Nelson City Council has finalised its submission to the Local Government Commission on the proposal for the union of Nelson City and Tasman District. The full submission is now available to download below.

In summary, Nelson City Council supports further investigation into a proposal for the union of Nelson City and Tasman District.

Council also wanted to strongly make the point that it supports the residents of Nelson City, Tasman District and the wider public having a say in the future governance of the region.

Deputy Mayor Ali Boswijk says “There was considerable discussion around the Council table as we worked on this submission.  Given the level of support shown from residents in the initial petition, it was clear that it is important to follow it through.  Council has also requested that, should an investigation go ahead, some extra time (between May and August 2011) be factored into the process to allow the two councils to hold discussions on how a proposal could work and to encourage face to face discussions with their community. There was a strong belief around the table that how we can work together needs to be properly explored and that everyone in the community should have a chance to be part of helping choose the way forward for our region.”

The submission has been lodged with the Local Government Commission and a Council representative will speak to it as part of the hearings scheduled in Nelson and Tasman next week.

30 July 2010

Council announced on 30 July 2010 that it resolved to support the Local Government Commission’s independent review of governance in the region. Earlier in the month, a petition for the union of Nelson and Tasman unitary councils had been confirmed as reaching the necessary number of signatures to require a review of council options for the region.

Nelson City Council Chief Executive Keith Marshall said the review process is complex. “The Local Government Commission will coordinate the review and they have been in touch with us to outline the complicated process. Broadly speaking however, the Commission will conduct a two month public consultation and carry out other enquiries to draw a clear picture of the region before making a recommendation – either a draft reorganisation scheme or abandoning the proposal.”

Downloads

Download the 2 December 2010 Council report on the Local Government Commission submission (93KB PDF)

Download the 2 December 2010 full submission (49KB PDF)

Download the schedule of hearings taking place from 14 - 18 December 2010 (70KB PDF)