Why undertake a representation review?
Councils are required to review their representation requirements every six years. As part of this review, the Council can consider making changes to the electoral system we use for local government elections, the boundaries or names of subdivisions/wards, the number of elected members we have and whether they are elected according to a ward or 'at large'.
In delivering this review the Council has to think about the best way to represent the district's 'communities of interest'. More information about these requirements, including our communities of interest, is contained in the Statement of Proposal.
The Council is due to undertake its review this year. Through this review we are proposing to make minor changes to the Rural Community Board boundaries for the Kaitoke and Whanganui subdivisions and to change the name of the Board. All other representation arrangements would remain the same.
What is proposed to stay the same
It is proposed that the district would continue to be represented by a Mayor and 12 councillors. The Mayor and councillors would be elected by the electors of the district as a whole ('at large') – rather than according to wards.
The Council has already decided to keep the 'First Past the Post' electoral system for the 2019 local government election.
Rural Community Board
The Rural Community Board will still consist of three subdivisions, with the same number of members appointed:
What is proposed to change
Rural Community Board
What the boundary changes would mean
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Why these changes?
How to have your say
Alternatively, you can collect submission forms from the Whanganui District Council Customer Service counter at the main municipal building located at 101 Guyton Street or from the Davis Central City Library and Gonville Library.
Please indicate whether you would like to speak to your submission and include contact details. People who wish to be heard by Council will be given the opportunity to do so. The time and venue for the hearing of submissions is yet to be confirmed.
For any queries please contact Stephanie Macdonald-Rose, Policy and Governance Manager on (06) 349 0001.
Written submissions open on 20 June and close at 5pm on 3 August 2018.