All councils are required to do this under the Local Electoral Act at least every 6 years. Our last review was in 2015.
Once the Local Government Commission make their determination (decision) in April 2022, it will come into effect for the 2022 local body elections.
Council felt that the current three general ward structure was still fit for purpose and allowed effective and fair representation. With the late adoption of Māori wards (in May 2021) council didn’t have enough time to engage with our Māori community to work out the best structure – one or more Māori wards. Therefore, the decision was made to go with one ward for the 2022 elections – if it works, then we’ll keep it that way, and if it doesn’t we have time in 2023 to engage with Māori on the best structure ahead of the 2025 elections.
There are a number of reasons:
No. This decision has already been made by Council and cannot be reversed through the representation review process.
No. All councillors, whether elected from general or Māori wards represent the entire community in our District.
Refer to the interactive map online. Put in the address and refer to the information pop up boxes to see if there are any changes.
If you have a view on the Initial Proposal this is your opportunity to share it. Your view will be taken into account when Council considers submissions on the Initial Proposal in order to formalise the Final Proposal. If you don’t like Council’s final proposal, you can lodge an appeal to the Local Government Commission.
Yes. Those on the general roll can only vote for councillors standing in their general ward.
Those on the general roll can only vote for councillors standing in their general ward, whereas those on the Māori roll can only vote for councillors standing in the Māori ward.
No – both rolls will vote for their community board members, and the Mayor.
I am Māori, currently on the general electoral roll but want to move to the Māori electoral roll so I can vote for councillors in the Māori ward – can I do this before the next local body elections?
No – the next available opportunity to change rolls will be in 2024. This is determined by central government (the Electoral Commission) under the Māori Electoral Option, which is usually held every 5 years (the last one was in 2018) - refer Electoral Commission | New Zealand Government www.govt.nz.
The Electoral Commission is responsible for electoral rolls under Vote.nz. Please visit their website at Home | Vote NZ or call them on 0800 36 76 56.