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.
During the final stages of early engagement for the representation review project, which we named Reshape Waikato, we released a geographic information system (GIS) tool that allowed 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!
The tool will be open until Wednesday 5th November 2021.
Click the button above for some helpful videos on how to use the tool.