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Representation review

We want to hear your views on how ratepayers and residents should be represented on Council – so we’re carrying out a representation review.

Infographic shows current Council makeup and the relationship between the public and elected representatives.

Infographic showing our current structure. Click on the magnifying glass to expand.

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?

Any adopted changes resulting from this review will apply to the 2019 local government elections.

In addition, Council would like feedback on how we can enhance Māori representation at Council.

For more information about our current system and the options you might like to consider, see the document at the bottom of the page.

Tell us what you think

  1. Your contact details

  2. (if applicable)
  1. Your feedback

  1. As required by the Local Government Official Information and Meetings Act 1987, all submissions will be regarded as publicly available, including their placement on the Council's website. You can request that your contact details (but not your name) be regarded as confidential by ticking the following box:


  • 6 July: Submissions are invited
  • 30 July: Submissions close
  • 13 August: Verbal submissions are heard at Extraordinary Council meeting
  • 13 August: Meeting considers the submissions and makes a recommendation to Council
  • 27 August: Council will make a formal proposal