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Representation Review 2018Arotake Whakaahuatanga 2018

This page sets out our initial proposal for representation arrangements for the 2019 and 2022 elections. The goal of the review is to provide fair and effective representation for individuals and communities.

About the Review

Under the Local Electoral Act 2001, all councils have to review their representation arrangements at least once every six years. This is called the Representation Review.

Representation arrangements include:

  • the number of councillors to be elected;
  • whether councillors are elected by wards or by the district as a whole;
  • if by ward, the number, boundaries and names of those wards and number of councillors that will represent them; and
  • whether to have community boards, and if so, how many, their boundaries and number of members.

Click on the blue button below to download the Representation Review Report tabled at the 12 June 2018 Ordinary Council Meeting.

Download Representation Review Report

What Does the Review Involve?

The primary objective of a representation review is to ensure fair and effective representation for individuals and communities. There are three factors which must be taken into consideration:

  1. Defining communities of interest;
  2. Effective representation of communities of interest; and
  3. Fair representation of electors

Wairoa District Council will introduce designated Māori representation for the 2019 and 2022 Local Government Elections through the setting up of one or more Māori wards (in addition to general wards).

In a poll run aside the local elections in September 2016, Wairoa electors voted 54% to 46% in favour of the establishment of Maori wards on the council.

  • This is permitted under the Local Electoral Act 2001.
  • Representatives for Māori wards will be elected by people who are enrolled on the Māori Parliamentary Electoral Roll.
  • Electors of these wards would not be able to vote for members of the general wards.
  • Similarly, people who are enrolled on the General Parliamentary Electoral Roll would vote for members of the general wards but not for members of the Māori wards.
  • All electors would still vote for the Mayor.

At a meeting on 12 June 2018, Council resolved that its Initial Proposal is for a Mayor elected over the entire district, and three (3) Councillors elected at large from a General Ward, and three (3) Councillors elected at large from 3 Māori Ward.

General and Māori Wards elected 'At Large' General Māori

Total Population

3398 4805

Six (6) Councillors

Three (3) Councillors elected 'At Large' from the General Ward
Three (3) Councillors elected 'At Large' from the Māori Ward

1133 1602
One (1) Mayor to be elected over the entire district    

Current Representation Arrangements

The Council’s current representation arrangements consist of six councillors elected at large plus the Mayor.

The current electoral system is First Past the Post (FPP).

Earlier Processes

Prior to undertaking the representation review, the Council considered one related process:

Electoral Systems

Council resolved at its Ordinary Meeting of 9 September 2014 to maintain the status quo of FPP and to publicly notify the right for 5% of electors to demand a poll on the electoral system. This was published on 11 September 2014 as required. Electors of the Wairoa District Council had until 28 February 2015 to demand a poll on the electoral system to be used at the 2016 triennial local elections. No poll demand was received.

It is recommended to maintain the FPP electoral system.


The following formal process is recommended:

Procedure Timeline
Council resolution (initial) 12 June 2018
Public notice 14 June 2018
Public submission period 18 June - 13 July 2018 (one month)
Submissions heard 19 or 20 July 2018
Council resolution (final) 24 July 2018 (late item)
Public notice 26 July 2018
Public objection period 30 July - 24 August 2018 (one month)
Forward material to LGC 27 August 2018

Further Information

For any queries regarding the Representation Review please contact Kitea Tipuna, Electoral Officer.


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