Councils of the region
Councils fully in the region:
- Northland Regional Council
- Far North District Council
- Kaipara District Council
- Whangarei District Council
All councils are required to review their representation arrangements (number of councillors, how they are elected etc.) at least every six years.
The following councils reviewed these arrangements prior to the 2019 local authority elections: Northland Regional Council, Kaipara District Council and Whangarei District Council.
As a result of appeals/objections/referral of proposals not complying with fair representation requirements, the Local Government Commission was required to make determinations on the following councils’ final proposals:
The following councils reviewed their representation arrangements prior to the 2016 local authority elections.
As a result of appeals/objections/ referral of proposals not-complying with fair representation requirements, the Local Government Commission was required to make determinations on the following councils’ final proposals:
This council is required to undertake a further review of its representation arrangements prior to the 2022 local authority elections. In addition, Kaipara District Council has undertaken to carry out a further review prior to these elections.
Local government reorganisation
On 18 December 2012 the Local Government Commission received an application for establishment of Far North District Council as a unitary authority at:
You can view the process the Commission took to:
- assess the application
- release a draft proposal for a unitary authority covering all of Northland Region
- decide not to proceed with the proposal for a Northland unitary authority.
In deciding to formally close off the reorganisation application, the Local Government Commission also decided to continue to work with the Northland councils in support of their efforts to enhance regional collaboration and explore the development of shared services. As part of this work, the Commission made a series of recommendations to the Northland councils. You can read the Commission’s recommendations and the Northland councils’ response at:
Read more information about each council through the following links: