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Review of Representation Arrangements

 
This page contains information about the Review of Council's Representation Arrangements.
Updated: 2/08/2018 2:35 p.m.

​Under sections 19H and 19J of the Local Electoral Act 2001, Whangarei District Council is required to carry out a review of its representation arrangements for the triennial local authority elections to be held in 2019 and 2022.

On 26 July 2018, Council resolved, to adopt as its initial proposal for the review of representation arrangements for the 2019 and 2022 triennial elections, the following:

1.  Whangarei District Council to comprise 13 councillors elected under the ward system, plus the mayor elected at large;

2.  Whangarei District 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 sourthern 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;

3. no community boards be established;

4.  the reason the total number of councillors is proposed to remain at 13 (plus the mayor) is to provide effective representation to Whangarei District residents and ratepayers (ensuring accessibility to a large and diverse area made up of populated towns and villages and sparsely populated rural areas);

5. the reason for the minor ward boundary alterations is to better reflect the reason for the minor ward boundary alterations is to better reflectcommunities of interest.

The six wards, the number of councillors per ward, the ward populations (estimated as at 30 June 2017) and the population ratio per councillor are as follows:

Ward​ ​Population ​Councillors ​Average ​% Variation
​Bream Bay ​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).

Submissions

The initial proposal has been submitted for formal consultation, including inviting written submissions for any interested person or organisation in the period from 1 August to 31 August 2018.

Submissions can be provided through our website, by email to mailroom@wdc.govt.nz or in hardcopy. Submission forms and the full statement of proposal can be downloaded from the Representation Review page (link below) and is available from the Whangarei office at Forum North, Rust Avenue, or the Ruakaka Service Centre at Takutai Place, from 1 August 2018.

Submissions should state your name, address, telephone number and email address (if you have one) and should reach the Council no later than 4pm on Friday 31 August 2018.

Council will read and consider all submissions. Please clearly state if you wish to speak in support of your submission and note that any submission made will be available to the public. Hearings and meetings on the review will be open to the public.

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


Rob Forlong
CHIEF EXECUTIVE

For further information, follow the link below.

Representation Review 2018

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