Representation Review Discussion

We want to know what you think about Governance arrangements for the Manawatū District

Every six years all Councils in New Zealand review their representation arrangements, following a process contained in the Local Electoral Act.

One of the principles that the Act is designed to implement is “fair and effective representation for individuals and communities”.

The Manawatu District Council will be reviewing its representation arrangements during 2018 according to the guidelines provided by the Local Government Commission:

  1. Firstly the Council will identify communities of interest.
  2. Next it will consider how best to provide effective representation for those communities, and this will include consideration of whether or not there should be community boards.
  3. Lastly it has to consider the fairness of representation for electors such as the ratio of population for each elected member.

The purpose of this discussion paper is to provide some background information about “communities of interest” and “community boards”. We would like people to start considering how they think Council could best provide for fair and effective representation for individuals and communities and to tell us their views before Council starts formulating any specific proposals.

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Process for feedback

The feedback period has now ended.

Formal consultation with the community on Council’s initial proposal will take place from 2 August 2018 to 3 September 2018. Council will then consider any issues raised through submissions prior to deciding on its final representation proposal in October 2018.