Proposed Helensville boundary confusing says local board

Last updated 05:00 20/12/2013

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Making suburbs like Woodlands Park, Laingholm, Huia and Piha part of the Helensville electorate is a "concern", the Waitakere Ranges Local Board says.

The board is opposing proposed electoral boundary changes for its area and has made a submission to the Representation Commission.

"Using the name Helensville for an electorate representing the coastal and bush villages of West Auckland is confusing and has no association with the area," board chairwoman Sandra Coney says.

Its submission calls for the Waitakere electorate to be retained.

It also wants to see the proposed boundaries adjusted to better reflect the connections between the area's rural and urban communities. The current boundary of the local board area stretches from Waitakere township in the north to the Manukau coast in the south, covering the Waitakere Ranges Heritage Area, the west coast villages, Swanson, Titirangi and Glen Eden. Under the proposed electoral boundary changes this area would be covered by two Maori electorates and the three general electorates of Te Atatu, Kelston and Helensville.

The board says the amalgamation of the rural coastal and bush villages of the Waitakere Ranges into a proposed rural north-west Auckland electorate of Helensville is its main concern.

"Moving West Auckland's rural coastal and bush communities of Waima, Woodlands Park, Parau, Waiatarua, Laingholm, Huia, Karekare, Piha and Te Henga into this proposed north-west electorate also fails to give due consideration to the area's community of interest."

The prosposed changes also include the creation of an Upper Harbour electorate which would be made up from parts of existing East Coast Bays, Helensville, Te Atatu and Waitakere. A new electorate of Kelston has been proposed. Its population is drawn from the existing populations of Te Atatu, Mt Albert, Waitakere and New Lynn.

The Representation Commission is receiving feedback until Monday. It will publish a summary of objections on January 14.

Go to elections.org.nz for more information.

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