Every three years we hold local government elections – this is when we vote for a Mayor and Councillors.
Every six years we are required under the Local Electoral Act 2002 to review our representation arrangements – this is where we look at the structure of our elected members and how they are elected.
Specifically, a representation review looks at:
- How many Councillors there should be
- How Councillors are elected – city-wide, wards or a mixture of both. If wards, how many wards, and how many Councillors in each ward?
- Should we have Community Boards, and if so, how many members should they have, and which areas should each cover?
At the 2018 review, Council decided to keep the current arrangements: 15 Councillors and the Mayor, all of whom are to be elected on a city-wide basis (that is, by the electors of the city as a whole), with no wards, and no community boards.
The Local Government Commission upheld the decision in what is called a 'determination'. The determination is available on the Local Government Commission website:
This will apply to the 2019 and 2022 elections.