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Final proposal for representation arrangements for the 2022 local elections

Monday October 11 2021

On 6 October 2021 the Palmerston North City Council considered the submissions received on its initial proposal regarding the representation arrangements for the Council and its constituent community boards to apply for the local elections to be held on 8 October 2022

Appeals are due by 12 November 2021

Submissions

The Council received 80 submissions on its proposal.

On its proposal to have 15 councillors, 2 from Te Puāo Māori Ward and 13 from Te Hirawanui General Ward:

48 submissions were in favour.

27 submissions contained objections to the number of councillors.

Some submissions were rejected as the objections were outside of the scope of the proposal under consultation.

Objections, within the scope of the consultation, included 14 submissions which preferred less councillors. These submissions were rejected by the Council, the reason being that 15 councillors is an appropriate number to fairly and effectively represent the city.

On its proposal to retain ‘at-large’ as the basis of election:

51 submissions were in favour.

25 submissions contained objections to the at-large basis of election.

Some submissions were rejected as the objections were outside of the scope of the proposal under consultation.

Objections, within the scope of the consultation, included 23 submissions which preferred geographic wards as the basis of election, and 2 submissions which preferred a mixed system of both at-large and geographic wards. These submissions were rejected by the Council, the reason being that Palmerston North has a single, cohesive and city-wide community of interest that tightly overlaps the functional, perceptual and political dimensions of its population.

On its proposal to continue not to have any community boards:

54 submissions were in favour.

18 submissions contained objections to not introducing any community boards.

Some submissions were rejected as the objections were outside of the scope of the proposal under consultation.

Objections, within the scope of the consultation, included 18 submissions which preferred to introduce community boards. These submissions were rejected by the Council, the reason being that there are no communities that are sufficiently distinct or isolated to warrant community board representation and that there are sufficient mechanisms for fair and effective representation already available.

Final proposal

Having considered all of the objections, the Council resolved to adopt its initial proposal as the Council’s final proposal. 

Therefore, the final proposal is as follows:

Council Representation

It is proposed that Palmerston North City Council comprise two wards, these being:

  • Te Hirawanui General Ward as delineated on Plan LG-040-2013-W-1 deposited with the Local Government Commission to be represented by 13 general ward councillors (elected by those electors city-wide on the general electoral roll);
  • Te Pūao Māori Ward as delineated on Plan LG-040-2013-W-1 deposited with the Local Government Commission to be represented by two Māori ward councillors (elected by those electors city-wide on the Māori electoral roll);

The Mayor will be elected at large.

Community Board Representation

It is proposed that no community boards will be established.

Appeals and objections

Any person who made a submission on the Council’s initial proposal may lodge an appeal against the Council’s decision. An appeal must relate to the matters raised in that person's submission.

Appeals must be made in writing and must be received by Council no later than 12 November 2021.

Appeals are to be forwarded to:

Attention - Hannah White

  • Physical address – Civic Administration Building, 32 The Square, Palmerston North
  • Postal address- Private Bag 11034, Manawatū Mail Centre, Palmerston North 4442
  • Email – hannah.white@pncc.govt.nz
  • Phone- 06 3568199

Further information

Direct any queries regarding the Council’s decision to Hannah White (contact details above).