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Maori Ward and Representation Review

Māori wards

At its meeting on 20 May 2021, the Council agreed to establish a Māori Ward for the 2022 Council elections. 


A Questions and Answers Fact Sheet about Māori Wards and Constituencies, published by the Local Government Commission, can be viewed here.


Representation Review

The Local Electoral Act 2001 requires Council to review its representation at least once every six years, and also following a decision to establish Māori Wards.

Council last undertook a review of its representation in 2018, and following the Council decision on 20 May 2021 to establish a Māori Ward, will now review its representation for the 2022 Council election. 

To start the process the Council will engage with the community to seek their feedback on representation arrangements for the Council.  Feedback is sought on:

  • identifying communities of interest to ensure any Ward boundaries appropriately group communities of interest together. 
  • the basis of election, which is electing Councillors from Wards, or from a mix of some from Wards and some from across the District as a whole.
  • the number of Councillors for effective representation.
  • whether the Council should establish Community Boards.

The representation arrangements established for the 2019 elections were for election of 10 Councillors plus the Mayor, with 5 Councillors elected from the Rural Ward and 5 Councillors elected from the Feilding Ward. 

Timetable for Representation Review

Community engagement until end June 2021
Develop and adopt initial proposal  July - August 2021
Public consultation on proposal 26 August to 26 September 2021
Hearing of submissions October 2021
Adopt final proposal 4 November 2021
Public notice final proposal 11 November 2021

2019 Ward Map