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.
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.
Wairoa District Council is seeking your feedback on its initial proposal for representation arrangements for the 2019 and 2022 elections. Representation arrangements include:
Council adopted its initial representation proposal at a meeting on 12 June 2018 and submissions are now invited, closing 13 July 2018.
Click on the blue button below to download the Representation Review Report tabled at the 12 June 2018 Ordinary Council Meeting.
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:
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.
After taking these factors into consideration, Council now has to decide:
If Council decides to elect members by wards, it must decide:
Council also has to decide whether to have community boards, and if so:
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|
Six (6) Councillors
Three (3) Councillors elected 'At Large' from the General Ward
|One (1) Mayor to be elected over the entire district|
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).
Prior to undertaking the representation review, the Council considered one related process:
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:
|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|
For any queries regarding the Representation Review please contact Kitea Tipuna, Electoral Officer.
+64 6 838 7309
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