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Representation review 2018

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All local authorities must undertake a representation arrangements review at least once every six years. Council’s last review of its representation arrangements was undertaken 2012, for the 2013 and 2016 triennial elections. Council must undertake a review of its representation arrangements because it is six years since the last review.

In its review, council must provide for fair and effective representation. This requires consideration of three key factors:

  • communities of interest
  • effective representation of communities of interest
  • fair representation of electors.

Council’s preliminary view is that the current arrangements serve council and its communities, well.

On 28 June 2018 Waikato Regional Council reviewed its representation arrangements, and resolved that the following proposal apply for the elections to be held on 12 October 2019:

It is proposed that the Council comprise 14 members elected from six general constituencies and two Māori constituencies.

The six general constituencies reflect the following identified communities of interest:

  1. Thames-Coromandel General Constituency, comprising Thames-Coromandel District plus area units 534200 (Ohinemuri) and 534400 (Waihi) within Hauraki District.
  2. Waikato General Constituency comprising the Waikato District.
  3. Hamilton General Constituency comprising Hamilton City.
  4. Waihou General Constituency comprising South Waikato District, Matamata-Piako District and Hauraki District minus area units 534200 (Ohinemuri) and 534400 (Waihi), plus area units 538861 (Arahiwi) within Rotorua District.
  5. Waipa-King Country General Constituency comprising Waipa District, Otorohanga District and Waitomo District.
  6. Taupō-Rotorua General Constituency comprising the parts of Taupō District and Rotorua District, minus area units 538861 (Arahiwi) within the Waikato region.

General constituencies

The population that each member will represent is as follows:

General constituency General electoral population Members General electoral population per member
Thames-Coromandel 33,800 1 33,800
Waikato 60,200 2 30,100
Hamilton 140,900 4 35,225
Waihou 59,700 2 29,850
Waipa/King Country 68,200 2 34,100
Taupō/Rotorua 32,600 1 32,600

In accordance with section 19V(2) of the Local Electoral Act 2001 the population that each member represents falls within the range of 32,500 +/- 10% (29,250 to 35,750).

General constituency option A: status quo

Māori constituencies

The two Māori constituencies reflect the following identified communities of interest:

    1. Ngā Hau e Wha Māori Constituency,comprising Hamilton City and Waikato District.
    2. Ngā Tae ki Uta Māori Constituency, comprising Thames-Coromandel District, Hauraki District, Matamata Piako District, Waipa District, Otorohanga District, Waitomo District, South Waikato District, and the parts of Taupō District and Rotorua District within the Waikato region.

The population that each member will represent is as follows:

Māori constituencyMāori electoral populationMembersMāori electoral population per member
Ngā Hau e Wha 37,800 1 37,800
Ngā Tae ki Uta 32,000 1 32,000

In accordance with section 19V(2) of the Local Electoral Act 2001 the population that each member represents falls within the range of 35,000 +/- 10% (31,500 to 38,500).


Further information

Copies of Waikato Regional Council’s resolution and maps setting out the areas of the proposed constituencies may be viewed and obtained from the council’s offices at 401 Grey Street Hamilton East, 33-35 Albert Street Whitianga, 13 Opatito Road Paeroa and corner of Paora Hapi and Titiraupenga Streets Taupō.  

You can download a copy of the report to council which includes the maps [PDF, 1 MB]

Any queries regarding the council’s decision should be directed to the Statutory Processes Advisor, Sarah McLeay Waikato Regional Council via email: sarah.mcleay@waikatoregion.govt.nz or phone(07) 859 2784. 

Make a submission

Submissions are invited from Tuesday 3 July 2018.  Find out more, or make a submission here.

Persons with an interest in the proposed representation arrangements are invited to make written submissions on the council’s representation proposal. Submissions are to be forwarded to the Electoral Officer, Waikato Regional Council, Private Bag 3038, Waikato Mail Centre, Hamilton 3240.

Submissions must be received in writing no later than 4 pm on Tuesday 3 August 2018.

Vaughan Payne

Chief Executive Officer

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