Rep Review 2017

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Representation review

Feedback on the representation review initial proposal closed 12 April 2018.

The review was carried out because Council' required to assess our representation arrangements before the 2019 local body elections. 

What is a Representation Review?

A Representation Review helps to determine how many councillors there should be and how they represent the public. The Local Electoral Act 2001 requires all councils to review their representation arrangements at least once every 6 years.

Council has now decided on an initial draft proposal. It proposes to keep the same number of wards as 5 but increase the number of councillors from 13 to 14. The Gisborne ward currently has 9 councillors. and it's proposed that increases to 10.

What's been considered?

Since July 2017, Council has been considering a number of scenarios as to how the Council should represent you in the 2019 local body elections. They've considered:

  • How many councillors should represent the district
  • Should councillors be voted for by ward or by district-wide voting
  • Should the district have community boards
  • Should Maori wards be established
  • Which electoral system should be used, FPTP or STV (First-Past-the-Post or Single Transferable Vote)

In September 2017 Council decided that the electoral system of First Past the Post should be kept and that Maori wards not be established.

Council has now decided on an “initial” or draft proposal on what it considers should be its future representation arrangements.

Council is proposing to keep the same number of wards with rural ward  boundary adjustments to keep them compliant with the plus or minus 10% rule and to increase the number of councillors from 13 to 14 for the next local body elections in 2019.

At the 22 February Council meeting 7 options were presented and work-shopped following the meeting. Council refined their options and requested that: 

♦ the option of 2 wards (Gisborne city and a rural ward) with 9 city councillors and 3 rural councillors be considered.  

♦ asked for a new option of 5 wards (10 city councillors) and the existing 4 rural wards with one councillor in each ward. They also requested rural boundary adjustments to make the rural wards compliant with the plus or minus 10% rule.

Council meeting 22 February  report 18-007 Representation Review Preliminary Consultation.

On 2 March these 2 options were presented to Council for consideration.

The initial proposal

Council proposes to: 

♦ Retain the 5 wards and their names with boundary adjustments. 
♦ Have 14 councillors elected from 5 wards and the Mayor elected by the whole district. 
♦ There will be no community boards. 
♦ There will be no Maori wards. 
♦ Retain the First-Past-the-Post electoral system.

Proposed wards, names and boundaries

We currently have 5 electoral wards in the district, 4 rural and one city.  Council proposes to retain the same ward names with rural ward boundaries adjusted, the wards are: Gisborne city, Taruheru-Patutahi, Waipaoa, Tawhiti-Uawa and Matakaoa - Waiapu.

Elected members (councillors)

Council is proposing to increase the number of Gisborne city ward councillors from 9 to 10 – making 14 councillors to be elected from 5 wards, and the Mayor (elected by the whole district). The decision relies on:

  • the challenges of effectively representing people
  • having regard to the large area of the district
  • remoteness and sparse population and relative isolation of communities within the district

Representation requirements

Section 19V (2) of the Local Electoral Act requires that for each ward a councillor must represent the same number of people, plus or minus 10%. In the Gisborne district this would mean that each councillor would need to represent between 3,120 and 3,814 people.

Based on 30 June 2017 estimates, the following table describes Council’s initial proposal based on the number of people councillors will represent. The following table describes Council’s existing and proposed future ward structure based on the number of people:

Ward

Population

Councillors

Average

% Variation

Gisborne city

35,300

10

3,530

+1.8%

Matakaoa-Waiapu

3,360

1

3,360

-3.1%

Tawhiti-Uawa

3,300

1

3,300

-4.8%

Taruheru-Pātūtahi 

3,180

1

3,180

-8.3%%

Waipaoa

3,400

1

3,400

-1.9%

Here's a plan showing the new rural wards [PDF, 181 KB]

Next steps 

Formal submissions on the initial proposal closed Thursday 12 April 2018. 

Hearing to be held 10 May, also for people who wish to speak to their submission. 

Final proposal –based on submissions Council will develop a final proposal and adopt it 17 May 2018 

Appeals or objections period. The public can make formal appeals, objections and/or present petitions on the final proposal. A person can only appeal against Council’s final decision if they made a submission on the initial draft proposal. However, any person can lodge an objection against the final decision if the final decision differs from the initial proposal, whether or not they submitted originally. 

Local Government Commission – If appeals, objections and or petitions are received on the final proposal, the Local Government Commission will determine how the district will be represented for the next two Council elections beginning in 2019.

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