Representation Review

Every six years all councils in New Zealand review their representation arrangements, as required by the Local Electoral Act 2001.

Kaipara District Council is in the process of deciding what representation arrangements it will use for its next two elections, so the outcome of the current review will apply to the 2019 and 2022 elections.

The decision will be informed by staff research into the demographic and social considerations, pre-consultation sessions and a period of formal public consultation.

Appeal process

April 2019

Local Government Determination - can be found here

March 2019

PUBLIC MEETING - The Local Government Commission has forwarded direction to Council on the hearing. A hearing will be held at the Mangawhai Club, starting 10am Thursday 14 March 2019.

You can find a Staff Briefing Report here and a copy of the Council presentation to the LGC here.

Those who lodged appeals (and wish to speak), plus an elected representative from Council will be given the opportunity to address the Commissioners. 

The public are welcome to attend. 

January 2019
Four appeals were lodged via the Kaipara District Council Offices by the appeal date of Monday 12 November. Those appeals now sit with the Local Government Commission. Further instructions will come via the LGC. 
October 2019

At an extraordinary Council meeting held Tuesday 09 October 2018, it was decided that the Initial Proposal be adopted as the Final Proposal. (Public Notice available

This now provides for an appeal period until 4pm, Monday 12 November 2018. Appeals are lodged with and decided upon by the Local Government Commission. If you do not agree with the Council’s Final Proposal, you may lodge an appeal which can only relate to the matters raised in your submission.

An appeal form is here (you may write more and attach further information as you wish), this is also available from the Dargaville office at 42 Hokianga Road or the Mangawhai office at The Hub, 6 Molesworth Drive.

Any appeal should state your name, address, telephone number and email address and should reach the Council no later than 4pm on Monday 12 November 2018.



A hearing is scheduled to be held on Tuesday 11 September 2018 at the Mangawhai Club, Molesworth Drive.

Submissions received can be found here.

The hearing agenda can be found here.

Initial Proposal

Council adopted its initial proposal and approved public consultation at its meeting on Thursday 26 July 2018. Consultation opens on Wednesday 01 August and closes on Friday 31 August 2018. The Public Notice can be viewed here

You can find the initial proposal document digitally here, at our customer service centres, or at the Libraries across the District. 

To have your say, please fill our the form online here or in the back of the document and return to Council offices or libraries. 

Council has proposed the establishment of a new Kaiwaka-Mangawhai Ward, making four wards, with two Councillors representing each.

Council’s initial proposal for the representation review differs from the current scenario as follows:

  • creating a new Kaiwaka-Mangawhai Ward;
  • expanding Otamatea Ward northwest to Tokatoka Road, including Ruawai;
  • reducing West Coast-Central Ward (from Tokatoka Road southeast to Otamatea); and
  • having two Councillors per ward.


There will be drop in sessions across the District where people can ask questions of Councillors and staff, as well as fill in feedback forms;

Tuesday 07 August Ruawai - Tokatoka Memorial Hall, Wharf Road, Ruawai 6 – 7 pm
Saturday 11 August Mangawhai Market Day, Mangawhai Village, Moir Street 9am onwards
Tuesday 14 August Maungaturoro Country Club, Bickerstaffe Road 6 – 7 pm
(NEW) Tuesday 28 August Kaiwaka War Memorial Hall, Kaiwaka - Mangawhai Road, Kaiwaka 12 (midday) - 1 pm

Submitters will also have the option of presenting their views at hearings scheduled for the week commencing 10 September.

Representation review booklets and submissions forms are available at libraries and Council’s Customer Service Centres from Wednesday 01 August 2018.

If you have any questions, please email us

What is happening

The matters up for consideration in the current Kaipara District Council Representation Review are:

  • the number of wards,
  • how representatives are elected, from wards, 'at large' (i.e. by the whole district) or a mix of both
  • the number of Councillors

What is NOT happening

The electoral system (i.e. how the voting works) used for Council's triennial elections is not up for review at this time.

Councils are required by the legislation to periodically to consider the options of Single Transferable Vote (STV), which is Kaipara District Council's current system, or First-Past-the-Post (FPP), which is used for some other councils' elections. However Council's resolved to retain Single Transferable Vote for the 2019 election at it's meeting on 08 May 2017.

Council will not be reviewing Maori wards at this time as a decision was made previously. 


13 April Council Briefing 1 Agenda (9.00 am, Paparoa Sports Pavilion, Paparoa), presentation and minutes
April/May Pre-consultation  
30 May Council Briefing 2 Agenda (9.30 am, Northern Wairoa War Memorial Hall, Dargaville), presentation and minutes
20 June Council Briefing 3 Agenda (9.30 am, Maungaturoto Country Club, Maungaturoto), presentation and minutes
26 July Council meeting (initial proposal resolved) Agenda (9.30 am, Mangawhai Club, Mangawhai) and minutes
After meeting in July One month of formal consultation August 01 - August 31
11 September Hearing held Agenda (9.30 am, Mangawhai Club, Mangawhai) and minutes
21 September Council Briefing 4 Agenda (10.00 am, Northern Wairoa War Memorial Hall, Dargaville), presentation and minutes
09 October Council meeting (final proposal) Agenda (9.00 am, Kaiwaka Sports Complex, Kaiwaka), minutes, tabled maps and discussion notes
12 November 2018 Appeals to LGC close (appeals to be with Council  


December 2018 Submit all materials to LGC, if an appeal is lodged
February/March 2019 LGC Hearings
11 April 2019 LGC determine the outcome of their investigation

Find out more


Online requests 

Kaipara District Council
0800 727 059 (24 Hours)
Phone: +64 9 439 7059


Office hours: 8 am to 4.30 pm Monday to Friday

Address: 42 Hokianga Road, Dargaville 0310
Address: Unit 6, The Hub, 6 Molesworth Drive, Mangawhai 0505

Mail: Private Bag 1001, Dargaville 0340


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