Kapiti Observer : January 10th 2013
Observer KAPITI THURSDAY, January 10, 2013 Drug tests On the rise, P7 Pub set Weekend film, P11 Editorial (04) 298 5019 -- Advertising (04) 298 5019 -- Fax (04) 298 2073 -- firstname.lastname@example.org -- www.kapitiobserver.co.nz High class The Zirka Circus Chinese Knot girls perform their act during yesterday afternoon's performance in Paraparaumu. Zirka Circus features the world's biggest Globe of Death motorcycling stunt, and is an animal- free circus. The circus has been camped in a paddock off Rimu Rd since December 29 and runs till January 13. Supercity poll a certainty By JOEL MAXWELL Politicians won't be the deciders As Wellington s councils fracture over supercity plans, it appears a stone-cold certainty that Kapi- ti s future will be in the hands of the region s voters. It comes as Kapiti s regional councillor, Nigel Wilson, said his council s working party would absolutely consider drawing Hutt in its supercity regardless of what Hutt s councils want. Just because there s a few politicians at the top in the Hutt who have this crazy idea of becom- ing a unitary authority doesn t mean the rest of the sane world would have a bar of it, Mr Wilson said. The move would allow Greater Wellington to meet the 400,000 population threshold demanded by new legislation for its two-tier supercity. Last-minute changes to legis- lation easing amalgamation allowed the possibility of a two- tier council covering the region. However, the changes boosted the ability of opponents to force a poll on final proposals released by the Local Government Com- mission. Mr Wilson said it is now a cer- tainty there will be a poll. A petition by 10 per cent of enrolled voters, gathered in a 60-day time frame from any of the affected council areas would trig- ger a poll. Opponents would then need to gain at least 50 per cent support in the poll to sink the pro- posal. Costs would be split over the affected councils, apportioned on voter numbers. In December, Kapiti Coast Dis- trict Council joined Wellington, Porirua and Greater Wellington to thrash out a joint submission for amalgamation. Upper and Lower Hutt refused to join -- instead looking at cre- ating a single Hutt unitary auth- ority taking over the regional council responsibility. Hutt City mayor Ray Wallace said the legislation required the commission to consider the views of the affected communities -- and Hutt people did not want to be part of a supercity. Only three per cent of our com- munity . . . said they would like to see a single, unitary super coun- cil. He said it had always been his understanding that the Greater Wellington plan was for a single, region-wide council. You join the working group on the understanding you re working towards one single unitary auth- ority. And that s why we didn t join the working group. He said while the councils did not agree over what structure would work best he was convinced all had the best interests of the region at heart. Meanwhile Wairarapa s three councils have banded together in a bid to form a single unitary authority for their area. The Wairarapa working party, and Greater Wellington s group had aimed to have submissions finalised in February. However, no groups now will give a firm deadline on when they could have a final proposal. In a written response to the Kapiti Observer, Wairarapa work- ing party chair Lyn Patterson said it would put some time frames around a proposal once it had ana- lysed the views of residents. Wai- rarapa s councils have yet to explain how they would make up about $11 million worth of work currently paid for by the rest of the region through Greater Wel- lington. Chairman of the working party that includes Kapiti, Porirua councillor Ken Douglas said the group had about two months to try to find a recommended pro- posal. He said once the group finalises its proposal it will be up to the member councils to consult with their areas on it. The working party meets next on January 23. Mr Wallace said work by the Hutt councils on a proposal would also likely take several months. The legislation allows any coun- cil, group or community member to propose amalgamation to the commission. Wellington has mooted a single tier unitary authority -- Greater Wellington supporting a two-tier structure that would have a coun- cil from the region and local boards or community boards underneath.
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