Northern News : November 7th 2012
9 NORTHERN NEWS, NOVEMBER 7, 2012 NEWS Redwoods Dental Centre, 1536 State Highway 10, Kerikeri (1 km north of the Kerikeri Crossroads Roundabout) Ph 09 407 4240 Michael (left), Denise (centre) & Matthew (right) Your experienced team Denise Mariu Dental Hygienist Michael Bain Dentist Matthew Bristow Dentist 2629318AA BAY OF ISLANDS Parts & Accessories Repairs & Servicing Warrant of Fitness Batteries & Tools Car Audio SERVICE PARTS 09 407 6984 09 407 6288 www.autoone.co.nz It's party time at Play House Open home: Fairy hosts Sparkles and Figjam Blue move the spirit of Kaikohe The spirit of innovation is alive in Kaikohe. Kelly van Gaalen and Aleisha Shepherd have created an adult-sized Play House for chil- dren s parties. The party play house is decorated inside in a manner designed to excite small children s imagination. The aim is to allow parents to give a hassle-free children s birthday party, without the bother of preparation or cleaning up after- wards. Last Wednesday, the Host Fairies, Sparkles and Figjam Blue, held an Open Home evening for interested parents and children to visit and enjoy a new experience. Coinciding dates encour- aged the Good Fairies, Sparkles and Figjam Blue to adopt a Hal- loween theme for this occasion. The Party Play House offers morning and after- noon parties. Call Kelly on 022 350 8960 or email partyplayplace@ gmail.com. Society back to its roots A reunion is planned for November 24 to celebrate the formation of the Bay of Islands branch of the New Zealand Society of Genealogists. Foundation members, com- mittee and ordinary members are invited to celebrate at the Social Centre, Kerikeri Retirement Village. ''We would love to see you again and hear your stories of earlier years. Any memorabilia you wish to share would be appreciated,'' says Leonie Bedggood. Activities are planned, including lunch. Registration $25 single, $40 a couple, closes November 14. Contact Carolyn Woodward, candmwoody@ xtra.co.nz or ph 09 407 8694 Representation review ready for public say The representation review undertaken by the Northland Regional Council is ready to leave council hands. A final proposal of the council s representation review has been unveiled this week and will be open for submis- sions by the public until December 10. Based on public con- sultation, there have been some changes to the draft proposal. After public comment, the regional council has brought forward a vis- ion of local represen- tation that does include one region representing Coastal North, the new map no longer splits the Bay of Islands as it had previously done. The new proposal now sees nine councillors instead of eight as well. There are nine coun- cillors spread across seven constituencies in the regional council s plan. Each region gets one representative except the Coastal North and Whangarei Urban -- the population bases of those two areas require that they each receive two representatives. The next step is a public notification of this final proposal and the public will have one month, until 4pm on December 10, to lodge appeals or objections against that final pro- posal. The local government commission in Welling- ton will then have the final call -- the com- mission has until April 11 to come up with their answer. And then it s election time, Linda Stansfield, the regional council s general manager says. Elections ought to go ahead in October 2013 with these boundaries in place, she says. The proposal, designed to give the people in Northland bet- ter representation at the regional council level, is replacing a sys- tem that currently in the Far North, for example, she says, merely reflects the pol- itical borders that are used by the Far North District Council. Reviews are undertaken every six years. Craig Brown, chair- man of the regional council, says as part of the proposed revamp, the number of regional councillors would also increase by one to nine -- but the cost of that extra councillor would be covered within council- lors existing $388,840 salary pool: the pro- posed nine councillors would share the same money currently paid to eight. The proposed Kaikohe-Hokianga region does not have enough of a population to meet the local govern- ment commission s guidelines but Ms Stansfield says that there are plenty of instances around the country where there are areas that don t quite meet their area popu- lation calculations. As long as there is a good reason for it, it s not necessarily a prob- lem, she says. It just means that the local government commission needs to approve it themselves rather than a council making that final decision. And somewhere like Kaikohe-Hokianga is one of those areas in New Zealand that is very sparsely populated and that s why that s happened . . . She says she would be surprised if it presents an issue for the com- mission. And while some in the Far North see the regional council s pro- posal as a move to coun- ter Whangarei District Council and the Far North District Council in their attempts to cre- ate two unitary author- ities in Northland, Ms Stansfield says the two processes aren t entirely related. They are separate processes. Represen- tation that we are talk- ing about now is a separate process. However, good rep- resentation is a natural foundation for good local government struc- ture, Ms Stansfield says. It doesn t mean that it has to be but nat- urally if you ve got your representation on the bottom layer working well you can build on top of that an alterna- tive structure.
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