Representation Review 2018

​​​​​The Waitaki District Council has reviewed its representation arrangements for the 2019 local elections.

What's it all about?

Local authorities around the country are required to make decisions about their representation arrangements every six years, following a process contained in the Local Electoral Act 2001. One of the principles of the Act is to make sure there's  ‘fair and effective representation for individuals and communities’. The last time the Waitaki District Council undertook a review was in 2012. It is now time to review arrangements again.

Councils must determine the number of wards and their names and boundaries;  whether to elect some councillors by wards and the rest at large;  and the number of councillors to be elected by each ward. Councils must also make decisions about Community Boards.

What have we done so far and where are we now in the Representation Review process?

Consultation on the Initial Proposal opened on 13 August and closed on 21 September 2018. Five submissions were received, and Council hearings and deliberations were held on 9 October 2018. At its meeting on 30 October 2018, Council considered the outcomes of the deliberations, and resolved to adopt the Initial Proposal as the Final Proposal without change. The Final Proposal is was published for a further month, from 8 November to 9 December 2018, for the Appeal and Objection Process.

Representation Review 201​​8 - Final Proposal (PDF, 274.5KB)​

Any person who made a submission on the Council’s Initial Proposal was able to lodge an appeal against the Council’s Final Proposal. The appeal must have relate to the matters raised in that person’s submission.

On April 10, 2019 the Local Government Commission’s Determination on the Representation Review 2018 for Waitaki District Council was received. It upheld Council’s final proposal to allow the Ahuriri Ward to not comply with section 19V (2) of the Local Electoral Act (commonly known as the ‘+/- 10%’ effective representation rule).

A key consequence of this determination is that the Ahuriri and Corriedale Ward boundaries will be redrawn (to replicate the Otago and Canterbury Regional Council boundaries), and Duntroon will become part of the Ahuriri Ward as there was felt to be a community of interest between those in the Duntroon area and the balance of the Ahuriri Ward. The new arrangement will come into effect for the Local Elections on 12 October 2019.

For more information see the news item here.​

Do you have any questions?

Please contact Carole Hansen, Executive Assistant, in the first instance, via email to 

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