Final Proposal for Representation Arrangements
On 10 November 2021, Ruapehu District Council considered the submissions received on its initial proposal regarding the representation arrangements for the Council to apply for at least the 2022 triennial local authority elections.
The Council received 80 submissions, plus 5 late submissions for a total of 85 on its initial proposal with the following key themes:
- To have a total of eight (8) councillors plus the mayor (18% support, 38% not support, 42% did not answer)
- To have six (6) general ward councillors and two (2) Māori ward councillors all elected at large across the district (11% support, 43% not support, 44% did not answer)
- The name of the general district-wide ward be Ruapehu General Ward (27% support, 21% not support, 51% did not answer)
- To have one (1) Māori district-wide ward (30% support, 23% not support, 45% did not answer)
- The name of the Māori ward be Ruapehu Māori Ward (24% support, 22% not support, 54% did not answer)
- The number of community boards be four (4) covering the whole District (34% support, 16% not support, 49% did not answer)
- The number of members on each community board be four (4) elected members and one (1) appointed member (27% support, 24% not support, 48% did not answer
- Elected members of the community boards be elected at large across their community board area (31% support, 16% not support, 51% did not answer).
Having considered all of the submissions, Ruapehu District Council resolved, pursuant to section 19N and clauses 1 and 2 Schedule 1A of the Local Electoral Act 2001, to amend its initial proposal to the following final proposal to apply for at least the 2022 triennial local authority elections:
Ruapehu District Council comprise the mayor, eight (8) general ward councillors and three (3) Māori ward councillors.
Ruapehu District be divided into two (2) general wards covering the District to be established as follows;
- A northern ward called Taumarunui-Ōhura Ward (represented by 4 general councillors)
- A southern ward called Waimarino Ward (represented by 4 general councillors).
Ruapehu District establish one Māori ward called Ruapehu Māori Ward covering Ruapehu District represented by 3 Māori ward councillors.
Three (3) community boards covering the District be established as follows:
- A southern board called Waimarino–Waiouru Community Board having five (5) elected members.
- A central board called Ōwhango-National Park Community Board having four (4) elected members.
- A northern board called Taumarunui–Ōhura Community Board having seven (7) elected members.
- Each community board also have one (1) member appointed by Ruapehu District Council.
For the two general wards, the number of councillors per ward, the wards’ general electoral populations (estimated as at 30 June 2021 – Stats NZ) and the population ratio per councillor are as follows:
|General Ward||No. of councillors||Population (rounded)||Population per councillor||% Variation|
In accordance with section 19V(2) of the Local Electoral Act 2001, both wards comply with the requirement that the population each general councillor represents must be within the population range of 1,123 plus or minus 10% (1,011 – 1,235).
Council gave consideration to all the submissions and on the following points agreed to amend its initial proposal:
- To retain the existing size of the council (11 councillors plus mayor) to provide effective representation for the District
- To increase the number of Māori seats to 3 to provide effective representation for the Māori electoral population
- To retain a ward system, as opposed to ‘at large’ for the general seats, to recognise existing geographic communities of interest
- To retain the existing National Park and Waimarino-Waiouru Community Boards and establish a combined Taumarunui-Ōhura Community Board to provide community board coverage for the whole District and further representation for these communities of interest.
Appeals and Objections
Any person who made a submission on Council’s initial proposal may lodge an appeal against the Council’s final proposal. An appeal must relate to the matters raised in that person’s submission.
Any person may lodge an objection against the Council’s final amended proposal. An objection must specify the matters to which the objection relates.
Appeals or objections are to be delivered or addressed to: Manager Strategy and Policy, Ruapehu District Council, 59-61 Huia Street, Taumarunui, or PO Box 1001, Taumarunui 3920, or emailed to: [email protected].
Appeals or objections should state your name, address, telephone number and email address (if you have one) and should reach the Council no later than 4.00pm on Monday 20 December 2021.
|Appeals and objections|
|Should state your name, address, telephone number and email address (if you have one)||Close 4pm Mon 20 Dec 21|
|Announcement of Final Representation Proposal||No later than Fri 19 Nov|
|Final decision by Local Government Commission if any appeals/objections||No later than 11 Apr 2022|