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Representation Review 2024 - Arotake Whakaahuatanga Tangata 2024

Te Arotake Whakaahuatanga Tangata/The Representation Review 2024 is your chance to think about how Far North District Council can represent your community most effectively.

Earlier this year, we received feedback from our community about the current representation arrangements for Far North District Council. We asked: Do you feel fairly and effectively represented?

Using feedback collected this year, we developed an initial proposal. This leaves the current arrangements largely intact but with the following changes:

  • Two councillors appointed to community boards with voting rights
  • Changing the name of the Whatuwhiwhi Subdivision of the Te Hiku Community Board to Karikari-Awanui Subdivision.

Review the Initial Proposal page for more information.

We want you to have your say on this initial proposal. You will have the opportunity to present your submission in person if you choose. If no submissions are received, the process is complete, and the initial proposal will be adopted for next election.

Share your feedback on the proposal here

While we prefer you to give your feedback online, you can also download our print-friendly submission form here and send it to us:

  • By email: submissions@fndc.govt.nz
  • In person: Drop off the submission form at any FNDC service centre or library (you can ask our friendly customer service team to print the form for you)
  • By mail: Far North District Council, Private Bag 752, Kaikohe 0440, ATTN: Submissions

Alternatively, you can request to share your feedback verbally by emailing us at submissions@fndc.govt.nz.

We must receive your feedback by 4pm Monday 17 June 2024.

Any submissions that are out of scope, offensive, inappropriate, or late may not be accepted by the council. You will be notified if your decision is not accepted and, where appropriate, invited to resubmit.

Questions and Answers

Mayor: elected district wide

10 Councillors elected from 4 wards:

  • Ngā Tai o Tokerau Māori Ward (four Māori ward councillors elected district-wide)
  • Bay of Islands-Whangaroa General Ward (three councillors)
  • Kaikohe-Hokianga General Ward (one councillor)
  • Te Hiku General Ward (two councillors)

19 Community Board members elected from three subdivided community boards:

  • Bay of Islands-Whangaroa Community Board (seven members), made up of:
    • Kawakawa-Moerewa Subdivision (one member)
    • Kerikeri Subdivision (two members)
    • Paihia Subdivision (one member)
    • Russell-Ōpua Subdivision (one member)
    • Waipapa Subdivision (one member)
    • Whangaroa Subdivision (one member)
  • Kaikohe-Hokianga Community Board (six members), made up of:
    • Kaikohe Subdivision (three member)
    • North Hokianga Subdivision (one member)
    • South Hokianga Subdivision (two members)
  • Te Hiku Community Board (six members), made up of:
    • Doubtless Bay Subdivision (one member)
    • Kaitāia Subdivision (three members)
    • North Cape Subdivision (one member)
    • Whatuwhiwhi Subdivision (one member)

The number of councillors and community board members in each ward or subdivision is based on the number of people living in each area. Each elected member should represent a similar number of people. View a list of the current councillors and commuity board members via the links below.

Mayor and Councillors
Bay of Islands-Whangaroa Community Board Members
Kaikohe-Hokianga Community Board Members
Te Hiku Community Board Members

It is your opportunity to help shape our district's democratic arrangements. It is a review of the council’s elected membership and ensures we are providing fair and effective representation to our communities.

The whole Far North District. This includes a review of the total number of councillors; as well as the number of wards, their names, and boundaries; and the number of community boards, their names, and boundaries.

Our last review was in 2021. Every three years we can review the current representation to check it’s working, and that our communities feel fairly and effectively represented.

You! The people you elect are the voice of your community. That voice should represent all people who choose to make the Far North their home and must represent and balance different interests. If you wish to make a submission on the initial proposal, you can find a copy of the submission form here.

After this consultation closes, we'll analyse all your feedback and finalise the proposal for consideration by elected members. Adoption of this proposal is scheduled for August 2024. The updated representation arrangements will be used for the next local body elections in 2025 and stay in effect until the next review.

As part of the review, we must identify the Far North’s communities of interest. Local Government Commission guidelines recognise a community of interest according to three criteria:

  • Perceptual: a sense of belonging to a place
  • Functional: includes service requirements such as shops and amenities
  • Political: ability to represent interests and reconcile conflicts of all members.

These communities may be shaped by physical or topographical features, allowing us to group similar communities together. Communities evolve, so it’s important to recognise these changes.

Share your feedback on the proposal online here.

You can also download our print-friendly submission form here and send it to us:

  • By email: submissions@fndc.govt.nz
  • In person: Drop off the submission form at any FNDC service centre or library (you can ask our friendly customer service team to print the form for you)
  • By mail: Far North District Council, Private Bag 752, Kaikohe 0440, ATTN: Submissions

Alternatively, you can request to share your feedback verbally by emailing us at submissions@fndc.govt.nz.

We must receive your feedback by 4pm Monday 17 June 2024.

Below are the drop in pop up events we have planned. These are an opportunity for the community to discuss the initial proposal, ask questions, and share feedback in person.

  • Kaikohe Night Market: Thursday 6 June, 3pm - 6pm
  • The Packhouse Market, Kerikeri: Saturday 8 June, 8am - 1pm
  • Kaitāia Te Ahu Service Centre: Friday 14 June, 10am - 1pm
  • Whatuwhiwhi Community Hall: Friday 14 June, 3pm - 5pm