What's a representation review?
Every three years we hold Local Government elections - this is when we vote for a mayor, councillors, and community board members.
Every six years we are required 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 many wards we should have
- How many councillors should there be in each ward (it is important to try and achieve approximately equal numbers of voters per councillor)
- Should we have Community Boards, and if so, how many members should they have, which areas should each cover?
- Should Council create a Maori ward?
- Which electoral system should we use?
We are currently underwary with our 2017 representation review, this review will apply to the 2019 and 2022 local government elections.
What's happened so far?Council voted to keep the First Past the Post voting system. The alternative was to change to the Single Transferable Vote (this is used by Waikato Regional Council).
The next question for Council to consider is whether or not to establish a Maori ward.
Waipa District Council does not currently have a Maori ward. Council is expected to make its decision in October 2017.
The deadline for demanding a poll is 5pm on Wednesday 21 February 2018.
All demands for a poll must be addressed to Warwick Lampp, Electoral Officer, Waipa District Council and delivered to the Waipa District Council offices in Te Awamutu or Cambridge.