Council will receive appeals and objections and send them to the Local Government Commission along with:
- the Final Proposal
- the Initial Proposal resolution of 24 June 2021 (including the Initial proposal)
- the June 2021 public notice
- submissions received on the Initial Proposal
- other related information.
The Local Government Commission will consider the Appeals, Objections and other information provided and will decide the representation arrangements for the Whangarei District for at least the 2022 triennial local government elections.
When considering appeals or objections against the Final Proposal, the Local Government Commission has the option of either making a decision based on the information provided or holding a hearing, at which those involved can present their views.
The Local Government Commission decision takes into account:
- the appeals / objections
- submissions to Council’s Initial Proposal
- information gained through further enquiries the Local Government Commission considers appropriate.
The Local Government Commission will amend any parts of the Final Proposal that it decides does not comply with the statutory provisions, whether or not that element of the proposal was the subject of an appeal or objection.
The Local Government Commission’s decision can only be appealed on a point of law in accordance with schedule 5 of the LGA 2002, or subject to judicial review.
The Local Government Commission has until 11 April 2022 to make its decision. The decision will take effect for at least the 2022 triennial local government election.