Representation Review 2021

Submissions closed on 07 May 2021, 05:00 PM

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We’re reviewing how Whangarei District Council represents our communities.

We’ll be looking at how many councillors we have, whether we should continue having wards, how our new Māori wards will work and whether we should have community boards. 

The first step of our representation review is an informal survey.  Your feedback from this survey will help councillors create an initial representation proposal, which is then given back to you for formal consultation.

Councillors will use the feedback from the formal consultation to create a final representation proposal. Once the process is complete, the final proposal will become the basis of election for the 2022 and 2025 triennial local elections. 

The Representation Review booklet holds all the information you need to understand the process. 

Information booklet(PDF, 1MB)

The Representation Review survey closed at 5:00pm on Friday 7 May 2021.

What is a representation review?

He ata te arotake whakaahuatanga?

Every three years elections are held for councils.

To make sure we have fair and effective representation at these elections, councils are required by the Local Electoral Act 2001 to review their representation arrangements at least once every six years.

A representation review looks at how many councillors there should be for our District and how they should be elected - deciding whether councillors are elected from wards or ‘at large’ across the whole district, or by a mix of both.

It also looks at the boundaries and names of wards, whether or not we should have community boards, and what community you identify with – whether it’s geographical, historical, or something else altogether.

From 7 April 2021, people in Whangārei District have a fresh chance to help decide how many elected members there are, how they’re elected, and what communities they represent.

Why are we holding a representation review?

He aha e whakahaere ai mātou i te arotake whakaahuatanga? 

Our Council held a representation review in 2018, but as Whangarei District Council has voted in favour of establishing Māori wards, it triggered the need for another representation review in 2021.

During this review, Whangarei District Council must consider three key factors:

  • What are our District’s communities of interest?
  • How can those communities be effectively represented?
  • How can those communities be fairly represented? 

For our councillors to make the best decision for our communities, we need your feedback on some of these points. 

Current ward boundaries

Ngā wehewehengā i nāianei

Below is a list of wards and the councillor representation:

City wards

  • Denby: 3 councillors
  • Okara: 4 councillors

Rural wards

  • Managakahia-Maungatapere: 1 councillor
  • Hikurangi-Coastal: 2 councillors
  • Bream Bay: 2 councillors
  • Whangārei Heads: 1 councillors

You can view more information about Wards by following the link below.

Whangarei District Wards