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Representation Review

We are undertaking a review of our district’s representation arrangements for the 2019 local government elections. As part of this review we have released an initial proposal detailing the arrangements we think will provide the most effective representation for our communities.

Councils are required to review their representation requirements every six years. As part of this review, the Council can consider making changes to the electoral system we use for local government elections, the boundaries or names of subdivisions/wards, the number of elected members we have and whether they are elected according to a ward or ‘at large’.

The Council is due to undertake its review this year. Through this review we are proposing to make:

  • minor changes to the Rural Community Board boundaries for the Kaitoke
  • minor changes to the Whanganui subdivisions
  • to change the name of the Wanganui Rural Community Board

All other representation arrangements would remain the same (i.e. representation by a Mayor and 12 councillors, ‘at large’ basis for election).

Have a flick through what we are proposing in the Statement of Proposal below.

FINAL Representation Review Statement of Proposal June 2018


Once written submissions are received, oral submissions will be heard and considered together with written submissions by Council before a decision is made. This will be publically notified within six weeks of the close of submissions. There will then be a one month period to appeal or object to the decision.

If there is an appeal or objection, or the final proposal does not comply with the Local Electoral Act’s requirements for fair representation it must be referred to the Local Government Commission. A final decision of representation arrangements must be made by 10 April 2019.

For more information and to make a submission

Stephanie Macdonald-Rose, Policy and Governance Manager here at Council is currently listening so feel free to drop a comment down below. Alternatively you can get in touch with Stephanie by calling 6 349 0001 ext. 3215 or email

Public consultation closed 5pm on 3 August 2018


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