Representation Review 2018

Submissions close Monday 9 July

This page sets out our initial proposal for representation arrangements for the 2019 and 2022 elections. The goal of the review is to provide fair and effective representation for individuals and communities.

About the Review

Under the Local Electoral Act 2001, all councils have to review their representation arrangements at least once every six years. This is called the Representation Review.

Tasman District Council is seeking your feedback on its initial proposal for representation arrangements for the 2019 and 2022 elections. Representation arrangements include:

  • the number of councillors to be elected;
  • whether councillors are elected by wards or by the district as a whole;
  • if by ward, the number, boundaries and names of those wards and number of councillors that will represent them; and
  • whether to have community boards, and if so, how many, their boundaries and number of members.

Council adopted its initial representation proposal at a meeting on 24 May 2018 and submissions are now invited, closing 9 July 2018.

What Does the Review Involve? 

The primary objective of a representation review is to ensure fair and effective representation for individuals and communities. There are three factors which must be taken into consideration:

  1. Defining communities of interest;
  2. Effective representation of communities of interest; and
  3. Fair representation of electors

Further information on these factors can be found in the 24 May 2018 Council report.

 After taking these three factors into consideration, Council has to decide:

  1. the number of elected members (councillors)
  2. how these councillors are elected, i.e.
    • by electors of the district as a whole; or
    • by the electors of wards; or
    • a combination of both.

If Council decides to elect members by wards, it must decide:

  • the number of wards; and
  • the ward boundaries; and
  • the names of those wards.

Council also has to decide whether to have community boards, and if so:

  • how many; and
  • their boundaries and membership; and
  • whether to subdivide a community for electoral purposes.

At a meeting on 24 May 2018, Council resolved that its Initial Proposal is for a Mayor elected over the entire district, and 13 councillors elected from the current five wards, names and boundaries as follows:

 The population that each member will represent is as follows:  

Ward

Population1

Members

Population Ratio

per member

% deviation from District average population per Councillor

Golden Bay

5,320

2

2,660*

-32.43*

Motueka

12,300

3

4,100

4.14

Moutere/Waimea

13,500

3

4,500*

14.30*

Lakes/Murchison

3,660

1

3,660

-7.03

Richmond

16,400

4

4,100

4.14

Total

51,180

13

3,937

 

1 Population figures are based on Estimated Residential Population as at 30/06/17, provided by Statistics New Zealand, based on the 2013 census

* does not comply with Section 19V(2) of the Local Electoral Act 2001

Section 19V(2) of the Local Electoral Act 2001 (LEA) requires the population that each member represents must be between 3544 and 4330 (i.e +/- 10% of 3937), unless particular community of interest considerations justify otherwise. 

Council also resolved to retain the current Golden Bay and Motueka Community Boards, based on their respective Ward boundaries, with four members being elected to each Board, and the Ward members be appointed to the Boards.

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Current Representation Arrangements

The Council’s current representation arrangements consist of 13 councillors plus the Mayor.

The following report and table outlines the Local Government Commission's 2013 determination on Wards, number of councillors and Community Boards.

These representation arrangements applied to the 2013 and 2016 local elections for Tasman District.

WardPopulationMembersPopulation per member

Golden Bay

4,950

2

*2,475

Motueka

11,050

3

3,683

Moutere/Waimea

13,000

3

*4,333

Lakes/Murchison

3,540

1

3,540

Richmond

15,550

4

3,887

Total

48,090

13

3,699

Golden Bay Community Board

Area covered by the present Golden Bay Ward boundaries.

Motueka Community Board

Area covered by the present Motueka Ward boundaries.

The Golden Bay and Motueka Community Boards each have have four elected members.

Map-TasmanDCPlusWards2009v2.jpg

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Earlier Processes

Prior to undertaking the representation review, the Council considered two related processes:

  • review the electoral system to be used; and
  • consider whether to establish a Māori Ward for Tasman District. 

Electoral Systems 

On 7 September 2017, Council considered a report on the two electoral systems available for triennial elections, being First Past the Post and Single Transferable Voting.

At this meeting, Council resolved to retain the First Past the Post voting system for the next two triennial elections.

A public notice outlining Council's decision and advising electors of their right to demand a poll was placed in the Council Updates section of local papers and in Newsline.

Māori Wards 

Council considered a report on 16 November 2017 on whether or not to establish a Māori Ward for the Tasman District. 

At this meeting Council resolved not to establish a Māori Ward for the 2019 triennial elections, and that it undertake a further round of discussion with iwi on whether to establish a Māori Ward for the 2022 and 2025 triennial elections.

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Timetable

ProcedureTimeline
 Decision on Electoral System (FPP or STV)  By 12 September 2017
 Decision on whether to establish Maori Wards  By 23 November 2017
 “Initial” proposal made 24 May 2018
 Submissions close  9 July 2018
 If submissions – consider and may amend proposal. “Final” proposal publicly notified  Within 6 weeks of closing date for submissions
 Appeals and objections close  Not less than one month after date of public notice. Not later than 20 December 2018
 If no appeals or objections, proposal becomes “final”  Public notice given where no appeals/objections – no fixed date
 If appeals/objections – forward everything to Local Government Commission (LGC )  As soon as practical, but no later than 15 January 2019

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Have Your Say

We want to hear your views on Council's Initial Representation Review Proposal. 

  1. Make a submission online
  2. Download a submission form and:
    • deliver to any Council office
    • mail to Tasman District Council, Private Bag 4, Richmond 7050, or

    • email info@tasman.govt.nz

Submissions must be received by Council no later than Monday 9 July 2018.

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Further Information 

Any queries regarding the Representation Reivew should be directed to:

Sandra Hartley, Policy Officer – Strategic Development, Phone 03 543 8554 or email: sandra.hartley@tasman.govt.nz

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