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Upper Hutt Leader : September 21st 2011
30 UPPER HUTT LEADER, SEPTEMBER 21, 2011 How do we elect our Council? Council is reviewing how we elect our representatives. This review will determine whether or not the current electoral arrangements provide a fair and e ective representation of the city. Initial questions to be considered Should Upper Hutt have wards, and where would their boundaries be? Should Councillors be elected at large or from the ward in which they live? Are the ten Councillors, who are currently elected at large, a fair representation of all our communities of interest? Should we have more Councillors or less? Do we need community boards or does the current arrangement without them work well? These questions form the basis of a pre-review. Māori representation Should a Māori ward be established? As part of the review, Council has the opportunity to consider the establishment of a Māori ward. The electors of a Māori ward could elect one Councillor to the Council. How do I get involved? Organisations and individuals are encouraged to submit their views on both Māori representation and the pre-review considerations by 5.00 pm Friday, 21 October 2011. Comment submission forms along with a report overviewing the requirements of the review are available from Upper Hutt City Council Civic Administration Building, the Upper Hutt i-SITE Visitor Centre, the Upper Hutt Central and Pinehaven Libraries, and our website: www.upperhuttcity.com/consultation Please submit Māori representation comments separate from pre-review comments. Forms can be posted or emailed to Upper Hutt City Council or completed online at: www.upperhuttcity.com/consultation Please note that your name and comments will be made public. What next? The collation of feedback on Māori representation will be reviewed by Council on 2 November to ensure that, if a decision is made to establish a Māori ward, it meets the 23 November deadline to enable its establishment in time for the 2013 local government elections. The collation of pre-review feedback will provide the basis for a proposal that will become the focus of more extensive consultation in 2012. Maymorn Structure Plan The 6-week consultation period for the Maymorn Structure Plan has now nished with more than 460 submissions being received. The next step in the process is for hearings to be held for those submitters wishing to be heard. The hearings are expected to take place in mid-November. Submitters wishing to be heard will be contacted directly once hearing dates are nalised. Less water this summer Whatever the weather, it s going to be a dry summer. The Stuart Macaskill Lakes in Te Marua are being upgraded to increase earthquake resilience and capacity--- one this summer, and one next summer. This means the entire Wellington Region will have half the usual reserves of drinking water! Please be prepared to conserve water this summer. Some things you can do to help include: Put a plastic bottle lled with water in your single- ush toilet cistern---saves 1 -- 2 litres every ush. Put a ow control trigger on your hose---stops unnecessary wastage. Fix your leaks---they can waste hundreds of litres per day. Put mulch on your garden to keep it moist and water less often. For more information on water conservation go to: www.gw.govt.nz/water We need your support to bring about a permanent cultural change in our water use that reduces consumption year-round. Akatarawa Road---building bridges Council s Bridge Replacement Programme for Akatarawa Road continues to progress well. The work has not been without a number of challenges, including the remote and di cult to access location, along with snow in July and August. The rst bridge opened to tra c on Upper Hutt City Council 838 -- 842 Fergusson Drive Private Bag 907 Upper Hutt 5140 T (04) 527 2169 F (04) 528 2652 E email@example.com W upperhuttcity.com 8 September. The second and third bridges are expected to open in late October, with nal works complete by early November. Council has continued to receive positive feedback for its proactive communication of updates through its website and subscribed email list. 4
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