1 Apr 2009

Fears local democracy will suffer in super-city

6:34 pm on 1 April 2009

Local democracy will suffer if community boards are shut out of Auckland's super-city, the Community Boards Association says.

The Royal Commission report on Auckland governance suggests a single council to govern the region with six local councils to implement decisions.

It recommends that community boards will be no longer required, apart from on Great Barrier and Waiheke islands and in central Auckland.

On Wednesday, Community Boards Association leader Mike Cohen met with Local Government Minister Rodney Hide to discuss the impact a super-city would have on residents.

Mr Cohen says residents will feel disconnected and not participate in their communities or local politics because they will not have any influence or input in decisions.

He believes community boards are vital to retain local democracy.

Mr Hide says he will do what he can to ensure local representation is not lost and is working on how to get a balance between getting a good regional view and allowing for a community feel.

He says is concerned that Auckland communities are not swallowed up into a super-city.

The Government is likely to announce its recommendations on the structure of Auckland's super-city on Monday afternoon.