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Representation review

Every 6 years we take a fresh look at the way councillors are elected. 

The purpose of a representation review is to make sure there's fair and effective representation for people who are eligible to vote.

In consultation with the community, it reviews whether the current system adequately represents communities of interest. The review covers:

♦ Do we have the right number and mix of councillors?

♦ Should boundaries be by wards or should they represent the whole district, at large?

♦ Do the boundaries and number of wards reflect the community?

♦ Are the wards named right?

♦ Should community boards be considered for inclusion?

What does this mean for you?

Tell us if the current system is a fair representation of your community, or how you and your community prefer to be represented. 

What is a community of interest?

When reviewing boundaries, it’s important for communities to consider: 

Values and sense of place - how do you best describe your sense of belonging?
Is it to an iwi, sports club, hapu, river etc? 

Shared space - where is it that you bump into “your community”?  Is it marae, sports ground, surf break, town shops, church? 

How can 'your community' be best represented? 

This is important - we want to find out if your community’s interests are able to be served with the current number of councillors and the boundaries that are in place. 

What are boundaries and wards?

Wards are sections of the district, divided by population and area. During elections each ward has its own pool of councillors to choose from to represent that ward.

Boundaries are the lines that divide wards.

What does at large mean?

It’s when the entire voting population chooses from a single pool of councillors to represent them.

What's a community board?

A community board can be formed when a significant gap in representation is found by identifying a valid community of interest.

What's the current system?

Gisborne District Council is currently represented by 13 councillors and the mayor across 5 wards. 

Below shows the distribution of councillors in 2010 and 2016.    A change was made after the 2010 election which saw the removal of an under-represented wards and the merger of smaller wards to get a fairer distribution of councillors per population.
See 2016 District Wards Map

2010 Election Representation  Councillors Ratio per population 2016 Election Representation Councillors Ratio per population
Matakaoa 1 1:1730 Matakaoa-Waiapu 1 1:2870
Waiapu 1 1:2300 Tawhiti-Uawa 1 1:2830
Uawa 1 1:2130 Waipaoa 1 1:3560
Waikohu 1 1:1910 Taruheru-Patutahi 1 1:3850
Patutahi-Taruheru 1 1:3580 Gisborne 9 1:3811
Cook 1 1:1730      
Gisborne 8 1:3180      
Councillors in 2010  = 14   Councillors in 2016  = 13  

Tell us your views

Tell us if the current system is a fair representation of your community, or how you and your community prefer to be represented. 

Fill in the survey  and go into the draw to win a $100 prezi card. 

Any questions or for more information please email comms@gdc.govt.nz  

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