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

The Local Government Determination can be found here.


What happened?

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

  • 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 was not reviewed at the same time - 

  • 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. 

The Process

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 here) This provide for an appeal period until Monday 12 November 2018. Appeals were lodged with and decided upon by the Local Government Commission.


A hearing was held by council 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
Tuesday 28 August Kaiwaka War Memorial Hall, Kaiwaka - Mangawhai Road, Kaiwaka 12 (midday) - 1 pm