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Representation Review

Initial Proposal – Representation for the 2022 local government elections

Council is currently consulting on its Initial Proposal for representation for the 2022 Local Government elections.

The Initial Proposal identifies the proposed number of councillors, ward structure and community board structure for the 2022 local elections. The total number of elected members is proposed to remain at 11 councillors plus the Mayor, with the community boards for Taihape and Rātana proposed to remain unchanged.

Five wards are proposed as follows:

WardNo. of Councillors per Ward

Northern General


Central General


Southern General


Northern Māori


Southern Māori


The key change to the three general wards involves a number of people from the Turakina Valley Road area being moved from the Southern General Ward to the Central General Ward so that the councillors have relatively the same number of ratepayers to represent.

In developing the Initial Proposal, Elected Members considered a wide range of options to determine what arrangement would provide the most effective representation for the district. These options are available as supporting information below.

Consultation Information Representation Review Initial Proposal 2021

Initial Proposal – Map

Kōrero mai - Have your say (CLOSED)

Have your say by 12noon, Friday 8 October 2021 by filling out the submission form.

Printable Submission Form

Online Submission Form

Supporting Information

Māori Wards – Options for two wards

Discussion Document – 19 August

Briefing Paper – 8 July

Rātana Community Board boundaries map.

Public Notice - 9 September 2021

If you have any questions please contact Katrina Gray, Senior Strategic Planner.