This note is not part of the order, but is intended to indicate its general effect.
This order validates an action of Palmerston North City Council (PNCC) taken in relation to the establishing of a joint committee with the Manawatu District Council for the purpose of considering a reorganisation proposal under subpart 3 of Part 1 of Schedule 3 of the Local Government Act 2002 (the Act). The order comes into force on 10 February 2005.
The Act requires a local authority that receives a reorganisation proposal (whether initiated by itself or otherwise) to consult with other affected local authorities for the purpose of determining from 3 possible options, including the establishment of a joint committee, how the reorganisation proposal is to be dealt with. The Act requires the local authority to make the determination within 60 days of receiving the reorganisation proposal.
PNCC initiated a reorganisation proposal by filing a copy of the proposal with the Manawatu District Council on 8 June 2004. The Manawatu District Council advised PNCC that it supported the establishment of a joint committee to deal with the proposal. However, PNCC did not make a determination to this effect until 23 August 2004, which was outside the 60 days required by the Act.
Therefore, for the reorganisation proposal to continue, the determination of PNCC needs to be validated.