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TDC set to increase powers for community boards

July 4th, 2011
[From TDC press release]

The Tasman District Council last Thursday considered a report suggesting that both the Motueka and Golden Bay Community Boards be given increased powers.

Council Chief Executive Paul Wylie has suggested that the Council approve new powers in principle and that the proposed extensions be referred to each Community Board for urgent comment, with a view to formally approving the delegations at the next Council meeting of the 11th August.

Mr Wylie notes that the Tasman District Council has been reviewing its relationships with the two Community Boards for more than a year, and that last August the Council considered 16 recommendations. Some of those recommendations have already been implemented, but others, including the question of delegations, had been left to lie on the table.

Mr Wylie's report notes the lack of guidance within the legislation and explains that in the absence of such guidance, the Council has had to rely on legal advice that delegations should not be given unless they passed the so-called "efficiency and effectiveness" test.

However, the Local Government Commission has now provided formal advice as to what it believes are the appropriate roles Community Boards. This advice is contained in the Commission's draft Reorganisation Proposal for the Nelson Tasman region. Mr Wylie says this guidance is the missing piece of the jigsaw and has welcomed it as providing clear guidelines that could be implemented immediately.


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