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One of the most important aspects when reviewing representation arrangements is to ensure communities of interest are not split. Effective and fair representation needs to be balanced. In a large geographic area, with low population numbers in most areas, this presents challenges.
Grouping a community of interest and moving it to one ward/subdivision causes population number issues for the ward/subdivision from which the community of interest is removed.
Sometimes we must move other communities of interest to balance the numbers. This means they are inter-related i.e. you cannot adopt one of the moves without adopting another to keep numbers even.
The Council wants to ensure our communities of interest are grouped and located in the ward/subdivision which they feel most connected with. This interactive map helps visualise the proposed changes to the general wards and subdivisions.
Reason for change
We believe Ngāpipito associates more with the community of Kawakawa-Moerewa.
Waimate North is currently split between two wards. This means one community of interest is represented by two community boards. It makes sense to group Waimate North into one community of interest. We believe that Te Pēwhairangi-Whangaroa ward more appropriately reflects where the community goes for their services.
The community of Pākaraka has historically been split by the state highway. This means one community of interest is represented by two different community boards. It makes sense to group Pākaraka as one community of interest. We believe that Te Pēwhairangi-Whangaroa ward more appropriately reflects where the community goes for their services.
Ngā Tai o Tokerau
One new Māori ward covering the entire Far North district.
We believe Taumārere is more closely connected to the community of Kawakawa-Moerewa.
Maromākū and Waiomio
We believe Maromākū and Waiomio are more closely connected to the community of Russell-Ōpua. This addresses the need to balance numbers because of moving Taumārere to Kawakawa-Moerewa.
Ōkaihau is currently split between two subdivisions. This means one community of interest is represented by different community board members. We propose grouping this community and placing it in the Kaikohe subdivision.
To address the Ōkaihau community of interest split, there is a need to balance the numbers taken from the South Hokianga to ensure fair representation.
We received feedback that Waipapa should be a subdivision with community board representation. This changes results in one community board member being moved from the Kerikeri subdivision into the Waipapa subdivision.
Sandys Road and Pungaere Road
We believe that Sandys Road and Pungaere Road identify with Kerikeri as their community of interest due to their geographical location close to Kerikeri and Waipapa where services are located. We have placed these roads into the newly created Waipapa subdivision as being the closest subdivision. If the Waipapa subdivision does not proceed, these roads will be placed into the Kerikeri subdivision.