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Finances and Rates
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Submission on Representation Review.
Tairawhiti Residents Association. (TRA)
The TRA does not support the current representation proposal to increase the number of councilors to fourteen.
The TRA supports Manu Caddie’s submission to reduce the number of councilors to seven, five in the city and two rural. The TRA would like to see the ward number reduced to three (western rural, northern rural and the city) and the introduction of three new corresponding community boards.
The TRA supports this new proposal for the following reasons.
• Adding 12 to 15 community board representatives will significantly improve democracy in our region, particularly access to representatives in the rural areas. This will better address ‘effective representation’ LGC criteria.
• The initial proposal supported by GDC will result in too many councilors for effective decision making, the sensible allocation of roles and economic considerations. Guidelines recommend a maximum of 14 representatives for regional councils.
• The continual need to review ward boundaries, to compensate for the reducing number of rural residents, is becoming nonsensical. As rural boundaries encroach on the city, to make up the numbers, this is contrary to the Communities of Interest criteria.
• The introduction of community boards will create an excellent pathway for prospective councilors and provide a greater selection of experienced representatives for residents to choose from during elections. Candidates can stand for both roles at an election.
• The caliber of elected councilors will improve as competition increases for the reduced number of seats around the council table.
• The introduction of community boards will allow our unitary authority to better focus on both its district council and regional regulatory responsibilities. The current rural/urban divide at council, on many issues, is counterproductive.
• The introduction of community boards will restore the social responsibility role of representatives. With less onerous meeting hours the role of a community board member will appeal to a wider section of the community improving representation.
Background: Our understanding is that there are 78 councils in NZ and 40 that have a total of 110 community boards. There are 1600 local representatives, an average of 8.5 per council/ board. The average council has 85,000 residents, GDC has 44,000.
We wish to be heard on this submission.

Richard Thorpe
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Finances and Rates
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Kei te piki nga rates mo ahau engari kaore ahau I te kite i nga hua ki ahau e noho ana ki Uawa. Kei te pakaru te rori, kei te ngoikore nga kaupapa hapori a te kaunihera. Ki ahau he pai ake ki te whakapau he moni ki nga rori ara ki te huarahi matua he haere ana ki Uawa. Kaore te kaunihera i te ahu mai ki a matau e noho ana ki Uawa a piki atu ki nga hapori o Tokomaru o Ruatoria.

Annie
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Finances and Rates
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Tautoko hia te whakahou i te Wapu o Tokomaru. He oranga tenei mo te hapori o Tokomaru.

Jenny
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Finances and Rates
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MAP
The proposal to increase rates for horticultural businesses at 3.8% is completely contradictory to the calculations generated from the map tool. After estimating rates for numerous properties, it clearly indicates increases of 16 - 25%.
While the disclaimer states that this is an estimation only it appears that the crop value of the trees and vines has been used for horticulture businesses rate calculations and only land values have been used for Agriculture and Forestry.
Over the last 25 years I have replaced every single vine and tree on my property and this is reflective of general industry practice. To assume that the value of any crop is somehow guaranteed indefinitely is unwise and puts into jeopardy the future sustainability of an industry that is forecast to increase its already significant contribution to the regions financial and societal wellbeing.
The consultation has been poorly managed and the rates proposal is disingenuous and misleading. Timing the call for submissions to fall in the middle of the busiest time of the year for horticulture makes it less likely effected people will have had the time to process and respond to what is a major shift from traditional principles regarding Gisborne District Council rates allocation.

Tim Egan
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Finances and Rates
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I am interested in what Council is proposing with the special rate collected for Wainui beach front residents for beach protection works. With the recent decision declining Councils proposed rock revetment works is there still a need to set aside money for new works as provided for in the LTP?

Ellen Howatson
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