**Representation Review Submission Update**
Due to Level 4 restrictions, we are unable to accept in-person submissions. Your options to submit:
- Online - either through the online submission form below or email Democracy@waidc.govt.nz
- By phone - Before 5pm today, call 0800 492 452 to confirm your on-time submission. As soon as lockdown levels are lifted, you can then submit as per normal by dropping at one of our offices/libraries or by posting it to Waikato District Council Private Bag 544 Ngaruawahia 3742
Any questions, please email Democracy@waidc.govt.nz or call 0800 492 452.
We’re reviewing how Waikato District Council represents our communities in time for the 2022 triennial local election.
Council has now decided on an initial proposal for consultation with the community and we would like your views.
The Statement of Proposal document outlines the Initial Proposal which includes the proposed number of elected members, the proposed ward structure and the proposed changes to Community Board Boundaries (both outlined in the maps).
Please provide your feedback by 5pm Friday 20th August 2021.
Click here for Interactive Maps regarding the Proposed Ward Boundaries (General and Maaori)
Click here for Interactive Maps regarding the Proposed Community Board Boundaries
Like other councils, we are required to undertake a review of our current representation arrangements at least once every six years. This is to ensure we provide fair and effective representation for people and their communities, provide an effective voice, strengthen local democracy and help maintain confidence in local government.
We last reviewed our representation arrangements in 2018.The Local Government Commission, an independent government body that oversees councils’ representation reviews, recommended that we complete another review in 2021. This review will decide on how you will be represented at the 2022 council elections.
What we will consider
The Review considers:
- The number of voting areas (called 'wards'), if any, that is best for our district
- Whether we want to elect all, or some, of our councillors across the whole district or from a number of wards
- How many councillors there should be
- How many councillors there should be in each ward
- Whether we want to have community boards, and if so, how many members should each board have, which areas should they cover, and whether a board should be divided into subdivisions.
To determine the above issues, we have to take account of the following three key factors:
- To identify the District’s communities of interest;
- To ensure those communities of interest are effectively represented; and
- To ensure that electors are fairly represented - based on the '+/- 10 percent rule' for wards. For Waikato District Council, this means one elected member for every 5,535 to 6,766 people, unless there is a particular community of interest which may fall within one of the permitted exceptions.
What falls outside the review
The review does not look at:
- How communities are funded. This is considered as part of the Council’s Long Term Plan or Annual Plan, for which there are separate public consultations.
- The remuneration of elected members. The Remuneration Authority determines a pool of funding for remunerating Councillors, which does not change based on the number of Councillors.
Our current representation arrangements
- Waikato District has one Mayor who is elected by the whole of the district
- The District is divided into ten wards. Here is a map which shows you what our district currently looks like
- There are 13 councillors in total. Each ward has between one and two councillors.
- We also have five community boards – each board has six elected members, and either one or two appointed Councillors.
Local Government Commission- The Representation Review Process
Have questions or want to learn more about this project, contact us below: