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Commission announces decision on representation arrangements for Tauranga City Council

Date: 7 April 2016

Commission announces decision on representation arrangements for Tauranga City Council

The Local Government Commission today announced its decision on the Tauranga City Council’s membership and ward arrangements for the 2016 local elections.

The Council had proposed to retain the existing arrangements – a Mayor and 10 councillors, with 4 elected at large from the city as a whole and 6 elected from 3 wards.  There was one appeal against the Council’s proposal.

The appeal received against the Council’s proposal sought either all the members of the Council being elected at large from the City as a whole, or, alternatively, more members being elected “at large” and fewer being elected from wards.

After hearing from the Council and the appellant the Commission has decided to uphold the Council’s proposal.

The Council’s representation arrangements for the 2016 local elections will therefore be:

  • A Mayor and 10 councillors
  • 4 councillors elected from the City as a whole
  • 6 councillors elected from wards as follows:
Mount Maunganui-Papamoa Ward    2 councillors
Otumoetai-Bethlehem Ward              2 councillors
Te Papa-Welcome Bay Ward            2 councilors

The determination is available on the Commission’s website: http://lgc.govt.nz/decisions-and-determinations/view/tauranga-city-council-2016

Summary of the Representation Review process

Councils are required by law to undertake a representation review every six years. The following is a brief outline of the process:

  • The Council makes its proposal
  • The Council invites submissions on its proposal
  • The Council considers submissions and makes a final proposal
  • People can object to or appeal against the proposal to the Local Government Commission
  • The Commission may hold an appeals hearing
  • The Commission makes and releases its Determination

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Media contacts:

Donald Riezebos | Principal Advisor | Local Government Commission | DDI +64 4 460 2202|

MOB 027 243 5658 | donald.riezebos@lgc.govt.nz 

 

Simon Cunliffe | Communications Advisor| Local Government Commission | DDI +64 4 474 8164|

MOB 027 809 3833 | simon.cunliffe@dia.govt.nz