Local Government Minister, Nanaia Mahuta, today announced her intention to appoint a Commission to the Tauranga City Council until July 2024.
“The current Tauranga Commissioners have accomplished some impressive achievements in their tenure including strengthening relationships with the community, producing a long-term plan for 2021-31, and improving culture within the Council,” Ms Mahuta said.
“They have acted on many hard decisions that are essential to building a prosperous and sustainable future for Tauranga. But it is clear there is more to be done.”
She said that having a Commission beyond October would ensure that the Council had the stability needed to maintain its current pace.
“They will be able to deliver on several complex programmes of work, including plans for the new civic centre precinct and investment plans for future growth.”
“I have taken on board the Commission’s exit plan and recommendations and carefully considered all available options. It became clear that the Council is still facing significant challenges and it was going to be necessary to continue to have a Commission at the Council to advance the progress already made.
“I want to acknowledge Commission Chair Anne Tolley and thank the current Commissioners for the work that they have undertaken so far. They have worked effectively to understand the needs of the Tauranga and what is required to deliver significant and necessary change to a rapidly growing city.”
The current Commission’s term began in February 2021 and will end in October. Following consultation with Cabinet, Minister Mahuta will consider candidates for appointment to the next Commission.
“My intention is for a smooth transition back to elected representation for Tauranga in July 2024 with elections to bring in new councillors and a new Mayor,” said Ms Mahuta.
“Today’s decision reflects the excellent progress made to date but also the work that remains to be done to ensure that Tauranga and the wider Bay of Plenty region are provided with the services and infrastructure they require into the future.”
Further announcements about appointees and Terms of Reference of the Commission will be made in the coming weeks.