The country’s largest city could end up with more local politicians, if a bid by Auckland Council for a law change is successful.
Auckland is the only local authority in New Zealand which can’t increase its number of councillors, despite population growth.
The legislation which set up the Super City five years ago capped the number of elected representatives at 20 plus the mayor.
But Auckland’s burgeoning population means areas such as the central city Waitemata ward are already outgrowing their representative limits, which aim to have all wards having about the same number of residents.
Then you can change the word boundaries without changing the total number of Councillors.
A Council of 21 is already large and unwieldy for decision making matters. Making it bigger will just make it even worse.