Horowhenua District Council is seeking your feedback on its proposal for representation arrangements for the 2019 and 2022 elections. Representation arrangements include:
- the number of councillors to be elected to Council;
- whether councillors are elected by wards or by the district as a whole;
- the number, boundaries and names of wards and number of councillors that will represent them; and
- whether to have community boards, and if so how many, their boundaries and membership.
Council adopted its initial proposal and approved public consultation at its meeting on Wednesday, 18 April 2018.
The Local Electoral Act 2001 requires local authorities to review their representation arrangements at least once every six years. The last review in Horowhenua was in 2012 for the 2013 and 2016 local elections, so Council needs to undertake a review for the next two local elections in 2019 and 2022.
Council's Initial Proposal (Summary Document)
Council’s initial proposal for the representation review recommends that the status quo of ten councillors elected from Horowhenua’s four wards – Kere Kere, Miranui, Levin and Waiopehu – and one mayor elected by the whole district should continue. Ward boundaries would remain as they are.
The ratio of population to councillors deviates from the overall district ratio by -10.96 per cent in the Kere Kere Ward, which covers Foxton, Foxton Beach and the surrounding area. This means that Kere Kere currently has more councillors per person than other wards in the District.
Council is seeking feedback on whether it should retain the Foxton Community Board. Council proposes that the Board not be retained after the next local elections for several reasons, including cost, fair representation across the District, and the existence of other effective channels for the Foxton community to work with Council, such as residents’ associations and the Kere Kere Ward councillors.
Feedback received from neighbouring local authorities, iwi, the Foxton Community Board, community advisory groups and a community hui during the pre-consultation phase contributed to the proposal.
Download Representation Review Summary Document(PDF, 2MB)