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Representation review

We're currently reviewing how you're represented on Council, and how the establishment of a Māori ward affects other representation arrangements.

Next steps

The appeal period is now closed.

Council is waiting on direction from the Local Government Commission. If you have any questions about the process in the meantime, please contact Hannah White. Email:

Under the Local Electoral Act 2002, a representation review looks at our representation arrangements – the structure of our elected members and how they are elected.

What we're proposing

We’ve put together an initial proposal from feedback received during early engagement with our community. We think the proposal delivers fair and effective representation, but we need more input from you to make sure we've got it right for everyone.

The initial proposal is:

  • 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, where councillors represent the whole city
  • not to establish any geographic wards
  • not to establish any Community Boards.

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Photo shows map of the Palmerston North city electoral boundary, which includes the rural villages of Ashhurst, Bunnythorpe, Linton and Longburn, as well as the urban area.

Palmerston North city local electoral boundary.