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Representation review initial proposal opens for submissions on Friday

Wednesday August 4 2021

Council agreed today to an initial proposal to apply for the elections to be held on 8 October 2022 and will now be seeking submissions.

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Consultation will open on Friday 6 August on the Council’s representation for the next local body elections, including the number of councillors elected.

Reviewing representation arrangements means that councils continue to provide fair and effective representation to all their communities in a way that works for their communities.

The initial proposal considers how many councillors there should be in total, how councillors should be elected (city-wide, by geographical wards or a mixture of both and if so, how many wards) and whether we should have community boards and what those might look like.

Council has already decided that the electoral system for Palmerston North City Council will remain STV (single transferable vote). This is the system that we have used for the last three local government elections and it works well for us here in Palmerston North. We’ve also chosen to introduce Māori wards to our city to further uplift and strengthen the voice of Māori in our decision making for at least the 2022 and 2025 local government elections.

The initial proposal is:

  • to have 15 councillors and 1 mayor
  • 13 councillors to be elected by general electoral roll voters in Te Hirawanui General Ward
  • 2 councillors to be elected by Māori electoral roll voters in the Te Pūao Māori Ward
  • to remain an “at-large” council
  • not to establish any geographic wards
  • not to establish any community boards.

Palmerston North City Council last reviewed its arrangements in 2018 for the 2019 local elections. Because of the decision to introduce Māori wards into the city, another review must take place ahead of the 2022 and 2025 local elections.

“We’re reviewing how Palmerston North City Council represents its communities. We’ve put together this initial proposal from feedback we received during early engagement on our representation review. We think the proposal delivers fair and effective representation, but we still need more input from the community to make sure we have got it right for everyone,” says Palmerston North Mayor, Grant Smith.

“Following consultation on the initial proposal, we will hear from submitters on 21 September. The consultation opens on 6 August and submissions close on 6 September,” Mayor Smith explains.

A final proposal will be discussed by Council at its meeting on 6 October 2021. Any adopted changes resulting from this review will apply to the 2022 local government elections.

More information is available on our website:

Submissions can be made online or in writing and placed in the consultation boxes in our libraries and Customer Service Centre. Submissions close 4pm on 6 September.