Waipa opts for status quo
Waipa District Council is likely to retain its current representation arrangements for the next two local body elections.
The decision comes following the hearing of submissions by the council's Strategic Planning and Policy Committee and means that the names and boundaries of the five wards will not change for the 2013 and 2016 elections.
The decision still needs to go to full council for final approval.
While some submitters called for a change in the ward system, others supported the status quo and it was decided the current ward system broadly acknowledged five 'communities of interest' within the district.
It also meets the fair representation requirements under the Local Electoral Act that seek to ensure each councillor represents the same number of people, plus or minus 10 percent.
This means there will continue to be four councillors elected to represent Te Awamutu and Cambridge, two representing Pirongia and one councillor each elected on behalf of the Maungatautari and Kakepuku wards.
The Mayor will continue to be elected by the whole district and community boards will be retained.
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