The final details of North Rodney’s case to secede from Auckland Council have been filed with the Local Government Commission.
The file includes detailed maps and property identification, along with the proposed southern border which will follow the former Rodney District Council’s northern ward boundary.
A seaward boundary has been drawn about midway between South Head and North Rodney’s west coast in the Kaipara Harbour and a line approximately off the eastern coast in the Hauraki Gulf.
Northern Action Group (NAG) chair Bill Townson says a summary of community support outside of North Rodney, gathered over the last two months, was also filed.
“These total nearly 19,000 and we believe satisfy the requirement of demonstrable community support within the (Auckland) district,” Bill says.
“We have been advised that the information will be placed on the next scheduled meeting of the commission and we hope that they will then be able to begin the whole reorganisation process once more.
“But the appointment of two new commissioners this month – Sir Wira Gardiner as chair and Leigh Auton – has probably delayed this timetable by a month.”
Bill says the next step is for the commission to seek any ‘alternative proposals’ and then prepare a draft proposal, unless they conclude that the status quo is the best option.
“That is something which I believe this community would strongly reject.”
More than 30 people attended NAG’s annual meeting last month.