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
- 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