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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 Frequently Asked Questions information sheet about representation reviews can be viewed here (4MB pdf). 

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.

As a result of its decision on 20 May 2021 to establish a Māori Ward, the Council has begun a review of its representation for the 2022 Council election. 

To start the process the Council undertook pre-engagement with the community during June 2021 seeking feedback on representation arrangements for the Council.  Feedback was 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.

At its meeting on 19 August 2021, the Council considered the feedback provided from the community pre-engagement and agreed its initial proposal for representation.    

For the 2022 and 2025 local body elections, Manawatū District Council is proposing having a Mayor and eleven Councillors.

Five would be elected from the Feilding Ward, five would be from the Rural Ward and one would be from the Māori Ward.

Council is not proposing establishing any community boards. Instead, they will continue to liaise with the rural villages through their Community Committees.

We’re now going out for formal consultation with the community to gather your thoughts. Consultation will take place from Thursday 26 August until Monday 27 September.

Visit our Social Pinpoint page for more information and to make a submission (note this page and link will be going live on Thursday 26 August 2021)

Proposed Manawatu District Ward Maps

General Wards
Maori 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 27 September 2021
Hearing of submissions 7 October 2021
Adopt final proposal 4 November 2021
Public notice final proposal 8 November 2021

2019 Ward Map