Representation Review


Review of Representation Arrangements for the 2019 and 2022 Local Elections

The Local Electoral Act 2001 requires Council to review its representation at least once every six years.

Council will be undertaking a review of representation during 2018 and has released a discussion paper for community feedback to start this process.  See details on our consultation page Have Your Say Representation Review

Council last reviewed its representation arrangements in 2012, and resolved that the following proposal would apply to the Council for the local government elections in 2013 and 2016.

Proposal Document (501KB PDF File)
MDC Ward Map (234KB PDF File)
Feilding Ward  (977KB Image file)
Southern Rural Manawatu Ward (945KB Image file)
Northern Rural Manawatu Ward(1.1MB Image file)

Māori wards

Under the Local Electoral Act 2001, Māori wards can be established for electoral purposes.  There are three ways these can be established. 

  1. The Council passes a resolution that the district be divided into 1 or more Māori wards for electoral purposes.
  2. A specified number of electors of a Council can demand that a poll be held on the question of whether the district should be divided into one or more Māori wards for electoral purposes.
  3. The Council can resolve to hold a poll on the question of whether the district should be divided into one or more Māori wards for electoral purposes.

The Council agreed on 15 November 2017 that it would establish Maori Wards for electoral purposes for the 2019 and 2022 elections. This decision was overturned by a Poll that closed on 15 May 2018. Under the current legislation the Council cannot consider establishing a Maori Ward in the Manawatu District until November 2023