Representation Review Initial Proposal

Representation Review Initial Proposal

Submissions Wanted on South Taranaki’s Electoral Representation

The Council is reviewing the District’s electoral and representation arrangements for the 2019 local government elections and, as part of the review, is seeking submissions on proposed changes to the Council’s ward and Community Board boundaries. The Council is especially keen to receive submissions on the names of the proposed wards and community boards.

Why?

The Council is required by law to review the District’s representation arrangements every six years. This includes reviewing things such as the number of councillors and wards we should have, whether we should have community boards and if so, how many, where the boundaries are and what the names of the wards and community boards ought to be.

When reviewing the District’s representation the Council has a number of rules which it must be guided by. For example the Council has to consider how to best represent the ‘communities of interest’ in the District and the number of councillors per ward must represent approximately the same number of people (with a tolerance of plus/minus 10%). Currently three of our five wards don’t meet that requirement, either because they have too many or too few residents per elected member.

Initial Proposal:

Under the Initial Proposal the boundaries of all wards have been redrawn (click here for map and table), except for the current Patea Ward and Community Board boundary, which stays the same.

The District’s 12 Councillors and four Community Boards (each with four members) will be kept and the Mayor will continue to be elected across the whole District.

The advantage of this proposal is that it is familiar and keeps the same number of councillors as we currently have. It would mean no change for most people. It also means three of the four wards comply with the population guidelines. The Patea Ward is the only one which does not comply with the plus/minus 10% requirement. The Council sees this as a ‘best fit’ for meeting effective representation of communities of interest while also recognising the needs of geographically distinct communities. A summary of the initial proposal is outlined in the table here.

How to Submit (now closed)

You can fill out our online submission form by clicking here; or

Email to repreview@stdc.govt.nz or

Download this hardcopy Submission Form and drop it into the Council's Hawera Office or nearest LibraryPlus facility.

We need your feedback by 5pm on Monday, 16 July 2018.

Maps

Proposed Ward Boundaries

Proposed Community Board Boundaries