Porirua councillor numbers to be reduced
Porirua City Council will have three fewer elected representatives after next year's elections.
The number of councillors will be reduced from 13 to 10, with each of the three wards losing one councillor.
The move is being made to bring the level of representation closer in line to other Wellington region councils.
Porirua currently has the lowest ratio of residents per councillor in the region.
The changes were proposed by the council in March and were this morning confirmed by the Local Government Commission.
Porirua Mayor Nick Leggett said the commission agreed a reduction in councillors would not mean a reduction in representation.
"They recognised that we have mechanisms in place, such as the village planning programme, councillor clinics and initiatives for on-line engagement of residents that enable us to do this," Mr Leggett said.
Having a single transferable voting system also ensured having diverse representation on council, he said.
Residents of the part of Ranui currently in the western ward will move back to the eastern ward at the election.
- © Fairfax NZ News
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