Representation Review

Review of Elections of Council

Pursuant to Sections 19N and 19Y of the Local Electoral Act 2002 Council now confirms their representation arrangements for the 2019 and 2022 elections.

a. Council retains the current system whereby it retains councillors on a ward system with the following wards (noting that the boundary between the southern ward and central ward will move north):

Northern Wardone councillor
Eastern Wardtwo councillors
Central Wardthree councillors
Southern Wardtwo councillors

b. Council does not constitute any community boards.

c. Council does not create a Maori ward.

Council received two submissions both in favour of Council’s proposal as consulted on.

Council took note of statutory and other considerations involved in the form of representation by members other than the Mayor and the option decided on above:

  • Provides the best possible representation for the community of interest.
  • Represents a simple, easily understandable and implementable solution.
  • Conforms with the statutory requirements.

A copy of the proposal and accompanying maps can be viewed below.

Copy of Original Proposal

REPRESENTATION ARRANGEMENTS PROPOSAL FOR LOCAL AUTHORITY ELECTION 2019 AND 2022

As required by the Local Electoral Amendment Act 2002, Council has reviewed the representation arrangements for Grey District residents for the 2019 and 2022 elections.

Representation arrangements means how different communities are represented on Council, ie boundaries of communities (wards), and the number of councillors per ward. Note: Stats NZ meshblocks are used to determine ward boundaries.

Council proposed the following:

  • Council retains the current system whereby it elects councillors on a ward system however with a change to the representation being: one for Northern Ward, three for Central Ward (previously four), two for Eastern Ward and two for Southern Ward (previously one); the boundaries of the existing wards be reconfirmed with the exception of – Meshblocks 2410800; 2411800; 2411900; 2412000; 2412100; 2412200; 2412300; 2412400; 2412500; 2413202; 2413302 being moved from the Central Ward to the Southern Ward as per plan available for inspection at Council Offices or below.

WARD

Population

Existing Number of Councillors

Proposed Number of Councillors

Population per member

Northern

1,620

1

1

1,620

Central

5,120

4

3

1,706

Eastern

3,380

2

2

1,690

Southern

3,390

1

2

1,695

TOTAL

13,510

8

8

1,689

Population from 30 June 2017 supplied by Statistics NZ

  • Council confirms that the Ward system provides for a system of fair and effective representation for communities and that there is no need for community boards to be created.
  • Council confirms its belief that all residents in the district enjoy equal access to Council and its processes and therefore, that there is no reason why special arrangements be made for Maori Wards. However, Council would be willing to consider any demand for a poll on the matter.

Submissions on this matter closed on 14 May 2018.

Council Report - Representation Review

Map - Ward Boundaries

Existing Ward Boundaries

Existing Ward Boundaries

Existing Central-Southern Ward Boundary

Existing Central-Southern Ward Boundary

Proposed Ward Boundaries

Proposed Ward Boundaries

​Proposed Central-Southern Ward Boundary

Proposed Central-Southern Ward Boundary

Page reviewed: 19 Jun 2018 4:13pm