Is the proposed new structure for local government in the Wairarapa simpler than the current structure?
Why this question is important:
Legally, any proposed change must be a clear improvement over the status quo.
The draft proposal stated (p22. Annex 2 - Advantages and disadvantages of the draft proposal) that:
b. The governance structure would be simplified, with fewer multi and single council committees, task groups and working parties. The new structure would be
· more effective
· more easily understood and transparent, and
· easier for Wairarapa-wide groups and businesses to engage with.
Diagram comparing the current to the proposed structure
- The overall numbers are very similar (42 or more), may be more people than currently if the standing committees have more people.
- Real decision making goes down to 13 people from 30 people.
- The number of people on community boards rises from 12 to 21 (plus councillors).
- There are unelected officials on the standing committees.
- Relationship with GWRC stays the same.
Is this a simpler structure?
No reduction in overall numbers, fewer decision-makers, unelected officials.