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Councils doing representation reviews

December 2020

All councils are required to review their representation arrangements (number of councillors, how they are elected etc.) at least every six years.

As a result, the following councils are either required to undertake reviews prior to the 2022 local authority elections or have chosen to do a further review for these elections:

  • Christchurch City
  • Dunedin City
  • Far North District
  • Invercargill City
  • Kaipara District
  • Kapiti Coast District
  • Kawerau District
  • Mackenzie District
  • Marlborough District
  • Nelson City
  • New Plymouth District
  • Ōpotiki District
  • Queenstown-Lakes District
  • Rotorua District
  • Ruapehu District
  • Selwyn District
  • South Waikato District
  • Tararua District
  • Tauranga City
  • Thames-Coromandel District
  • Waikato District
  • Waimakariri District
  • Waipa District
  • Whakatane District

Of these councils, Kaipara District, New Plymouth District, Ruapehu District and Tauranga City have resolved to establish one or more Māori wards as part of their review.

In addition, the following councils may be required to undertake a representation review as a result of resolving to establish one or more Māori wards/constituencies:

  • Gisborne District
  • Northland Region
  • Taupo District
  • South Taranaki District
  • Whangarei District

All councils undertaking representation reviews are required to give public notice of their initial representation proposals no later than 8 September 2021. These proposals will then be open for public submissions.

Anyone seeking more information about representation reviews in their area, should contact the local or regional council concerned.