Representation Review 2018

​​​​The Waitaki District Council is reviewing 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 now being published for a further month, from 8 November to 9 December 2018, for the Appeal and Objection Process (please see the “Notice of appeal and objection process​” section below.

Notice of appeal and objection process

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

Appeals must be made in writing and are to be:

  •  forwarded to the:
    • Chief Executive, Waitaki District Council, Private Bag 50058, Oamaru 9444 (Attention: Governance Advisor – Representation Review); or
  • delivered to the:
    • ​Reception Desk, Council Offces, 20 Thames Street, Oamaru
  • or emailed to:

Any appeals must include your name, address, telephone number and email address (if you have one) and must be received by Council no later than 

Do you have any questions?

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

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