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Final Proposal for Representation Arrangements

 
This page contains information about the Final Proposal for the Representation Arrangements.
Updated: 10/10/2018 12:00 a.m.

​Submissions

On 11 September 2018, Whangarei District Council considered the submissions received on its initial proposal regarding the representation arrangements for Council to apply for the local elections to be held on 12 October 2019.

Council received six submissions on its initial proposal:

  • four submissions opposed Council’s initial proposal;
  • one submission supported Council’s initial proposal;
  • one submission related to Māori representation.

Final Proposal

Having considered all of the submissions, Council resolved on 27 September 2018 to adopt its initial proposal as its final proposal. The final proposal is as follows:

(i) Council to comprise 13 councillors elected under the ward system, plus the mayor elected at large;

(ii) Council be divided into six wards, these being:

  • Bream Bay Ward (two councillors) being the existing ward comprising the area delineated on Plan LG-002-2012-W-4 deposited with Land Information New Zealand with the exclusion of a small northern area (Smeaton Drive, Acacia Drive, Wattle Lane area);
  • Denby Ward (three councillors) being the existing ward comprising the area delineated on Plan LG-002-2012-W-5 deposited with Land Information New Zealand, with the inclusion of a small northern area from the current Hikurangi-Coastal Ward (Dip Road, Georgia Lane, Waipanga Road, Springs Flat Road);
  • Hikurangi-Coastal Ward (two councillors), being the existing ward comprising the area delineated on Plan LG-002-2012-W-3 deposited with Land Information New Zealand, with the exclusion of a small southern area (Dip Road, Georgia Lane, Waipanga Road, Springs Flat Road);
  • Maungakahia-Maungatapere Ward (one councillor) being the existing ward comprising the area delineated on Plan LG-002-2012-W-2 deposited with Land Information New Zealand;
  • Okara Ward (four councillors) being the existing ward comprising the area delineated on Plan LG-002-2012-W-6 deposited with Land Information New Zealand, with the inclusion of a small southern portion (Smeaton Drive, Acacia Drive, Wattle Lane area);
  • Whangarei Heads Ward (one councillor) being the existing ward comprising the area delineated on Plan LG-002-2012-W-7 deposited with Land Information New Zealand;

(iii) no community boards be   established.

​Ward Population ​Councillors ​Average ​%Variation
​BreamBay 12,590​ ​2 ​6,295 ​-8.78%
Denby​ ​22,140 ​3 ​7,380 ​+6.94%
​Hikurangi-Coastal ​12,510 ​2 ​6,255 ​-9.36%
​Mangakahia-Maungatapere ​6,330 ​1 ​6,330 ​-8.27%
​Okara ​29,210 ​4 ​7,303 ​+5.83%
​Whangarei Heads ​6,930 ​1 ​6,930 ​+0.42%
  

In accordance with section 19V(2) of the Local Electoral Act 2001, the population that each councillor represents must be within the population range of 6,901 plus or minus 10% (6,211 - 7,591).

The submissions opposed to the initial proposal are declined on the following grounds:

  • having considered the size, nature and diversity of our District, the total number of councillors remains at 13;
  • the ward system best reflects our District’s communities of interest and provides for better representation and councillor workload;
  • the Bream Bay Ward name, boundaries and number of councillors remain, as this provides fair and effective representation to this particular community of interest;
  • the issues of the electoral system and Māori wards have been previously considered and are outside of this review;
  • the issues of candidate expenditure limits and the rating system in regard to the central business district are outside of this review.

Appeals

Any person who has made a submission on Council’s initial proposal may lodge an appeal against Council’s decision. An appeal must relate to the matters raised in that person’s submission.

You can download, print and complete a copy of the Appeal Form (link below), and send it to us either by emailing it to mailroom@wdc.govt.nz or drop of a hard copy at our Forum North Customer Services office.
Appeal forms are also available from Forum North Customer Services, Rust Avenue from 3 October 2018.

Completing the printable form

Download and save a copy to your computer first. You can then either:

  • print it, complete it by hand and send or deliver it to us; or
  • fill it out on your computer and save it before attaching it to an email to us.

 

Representation Arrangements Review 2018 – Final Proposal – Appeal Form

Appeals should state your name, address, telephone number and email address (if you have one) and should reach Council no later than 4pm on Friday 2 November 2018.

For more information, see the Representation Review page (link below) on our website.

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