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.
Waikato District Council is asking for your input on potential representation arrangements for the 2022 local government elections as part of its representation review.
As part of the final stage of early engagement for the representation review project which we’ve named Reshape Waikato, we are releasing a geographic information system (GIS) tool that allows the public to create community board and ward models.
The online tool has an accurate map and population data for the Waikato district that enables the user to create a model that is compliant with the Local Electoral Act 2001 + / - 10% rule. This rule makes sure that fair representation is achieved, and that each councillor represents an equal number of people, or are within 10% of each other.
There is a set of instructions below on how to use the tool and EMTEL (the creators of the tool) have some useful videos to explain the different aspects within the tool (look for the help icon).
When you click through the link you will be asked to sign up to the tool using a password with at least 8 characters. You will then receive an email to verify your
account which you can click to verify it and then return to the page to sign in and start building your model!
For those that may find the tool difficult to use, there will be the paper equivalent in our offices and libraries which we used in our earlier stages of engagement.
The tool will be open until Friday 7th May and the models provided by the community will be used to help our Council to decide on their initial proposal for representation arrangements in the middle of this year
Click the button above for some helpful videos on how to use the tool.
Want to participate but prefer hardcopy?
Let us know by emailing email@example.com and we'll send you a hardcopy.