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 is undertaking a review of representation and released a discussion paper for community feedback to start the process.  Feedback received from the community on the discussion paper was taken into account by Council in developing its initial proposal for public consultation.

The Council adopted its initial proposal on 26 July 2018.  Submissions are invited from the community and must be received by 5pm on Monday 3 September 2018.

See full details on our consultation page: Have Your Say Web Page - Representation Review

Public Notice

A copy of the public notice can also be viewed from the link below:

Public Notice - 2018 Initial Proposal (1.5MB PDF File)

Proposed Ward Map

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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