Representation Review 2022 Elections
Council's review of its representation arrangements is to ensure fair and effective democratic representation continues for everyone across the district. This representation review will determine key things such as:
- how many elected members there are and how they are elected,
- how many Community Boards there are, their proposed boundary area, and how many members they have.
The review also has an added significance due to the introduction of Māori Wards and the larger sector changes impacting on local government and Ruapehu communities. For more info on Māori wards see: Māori ward FAQs page.
Representation reviews are usually carried out by councils every six years. This is a legal requirement of the Local Electoral Act 2001. The six-year review period is designed to balance letting people get used to any changes and ensuring that representation arrangements are regularly updated to reflect changes in the district.
Regular reviews also help to ensure that representation arrangements are reflective of both current and future communities and provide fair and effective representation for everyone.
We want to know what you think of the proposed representation arrangements
This consultation now seeks feedback on Council’s ‘initial representation proposal’ decisions on the number of councillors, General Ward, Maori Ward and Community Boards as laid out below.
- Providing feedback will enable you to appeal to the ‘final representation proposal’ if you feel that matters from your submission were not properly considered.
- If you do not provide feedback at this stage you will only be able to object to Council’s ‘final representation proposal’ if Council has made changes from the ‘initial representation proposal’ in its consultation document.
A link to an online feedback form and supporting documentation are below.
What is set in stone for the next election
Feedback on any aspect of the ‘initial representation proposal’ is welcomed. Some key things are however already decided or are set by legislation and not open for debate. These are:
- That voting for Council and Community Boards will be by Single Transferable Vote (STV)
- That Ruapehu will have Māori Wards
- That the mayor is elected at large (by the entire district)
Proposed Ruapehu General Ward and Ruapehu Māori Ward
Council is proposing one General Ward and one Māori Ward that will both comprise the entire Ruapehu district for the next local body election in October 2022 as follows:
- Voters on the general electoral roll will elect six councillors at large from one General Ward comprising the entire Ruapehu district called the Ruapehu General Ward
- Voters on the Māori electoral roll will elect two councillors at large from one Māori Ward comprising the entire Ruapehu district called the Ruapehu Māori Ward
- The mayor (who is always elected at large) will be voted for by voters on both the general and Māori electoral rolls
Proposed Community Boards and boundaries
Council is proposing that at the next local body election in October 2022 there will be four Community Board areas covering Ruapehu District as follows:
- Ohura-Ngapuke Community Board covering the area of the current Ohura Ward and the rural area of the current Taumarunui Ward which includes Ohura, Matiere, Waimiha, Ongarue and Kakahi
- Taumarunui Community Board covering the urban area of the current Taumarunui Ward
- National Park Community Board covering the area of the current National Park Ward, including National Park village, Raurimu, Whakapapa and Owhango,
- Waimarino-Waiouru Community Board covering the area of the current Waimarino-Waiouru Ward, including Pipiriki, Horopito, Raetihi, Ohakune, Rangataua and Waiouru
- Each community board to have 4 elected members and one appointed member from Council
The ‘initial representation proposal’ decisions that Council seeks feedback on:
The number of elected members to Council
- The proposal is for nine elected members comprising eight councillors made up of six General Ward, and two Māori Ward councillors, plus the mayor.
The basis of election to Council
- The proposal is for all eight councillors to be elected at large (the mayor is always elected at large).
- This would mean six councillors elected 'at large' from one General Ward covering the entire district called Ruapehu General Ward and two councillors to be elected 'at large' from one Māori Ward covering the entire district called Ruapehu Māori Ward.
The number of Māori Wards
- The proposal is for one Māori Ward comprising the entire Ruapehu district called Ruapehu Māori Ward (represented by two Māori Ward councillors).
The number of General Wards
- The proposal is for one General Ward comprising the entire Ruapehu district called Ruapehu General Ward (represented by six General Ward councillors). This means that the district will not be divided into the four current Wards as at present for Council electoral purposes.
The name of the General Ward and Māori Ward
- The proposal is for the one General Ward comprising the entire Ruapehu district to be called the Ruapehu General Ward and for the one Māori Ward comprising the entire Ruapehu district to be called the Ruapehu Māori Ward
The number of Community Boards
- The proposal is four Community Boards representing specific urban or rural community areas within the district being: (1) Ohura-Ngapuke, (2) Taumarunui (includes Manunui), (3) National Park (includes Owhango township), (4) Waimarino-Waiouru.
The names of the Community Board areas
The proposal is for the four Community Board areas to be called:
- Ohura-Ngapuke Community Board
- Taumarunui Community Board
- National Park Community Board
- Waimarino-Waiouru Community Board
The number of members on each Community Board
- The proposal is for each Community Board to have four members elected by the Community Board area and one appointed member from Council.
The basis of election to Community Boards
- The proposal is for the elected members of Community Boards to be elected at large by the whole of their respective Community Board area.
Online feedback form
You can tell Council what you think of its representation proposals via this online feedback form
Note: Although the comment boxes show as a single line there is NO character/word limit.
Alternatively you can download a hardcopy feedback form from the Document Links panel below where you will also find a copy of the Consultation Document, presentation materials and other supporting material.
Key dates and consultation hui details
Due to the ongoing pandemic and the uncertainly of when Ruapehu would be back in Alert Level 2 changes needed to be made to the community hui schedule. Note: The hui will adhere to COVID19 level protocols in place at the time of the hui. All hui will be live streamed over Council's Facebook page. People will be able to ask questions/comment over Facebook during the hui.
|Consultation period||Wed 8 Sept to Fri 8 Oct|
|Taumarunui - Miriama Room, 10 Miriama St (lower Cosmopolitan Club)||Wed 22 Sept - 6pm|
|Raetihi - The Centre, Baptist Church, 14 Seddon St||Thu 30 Sept - 6pm|
|Hearings and Deliberations|
|Hearings on submissions - Council Chambers, 59-63 Huia St, Taumarunui||Wed 20 Oct|
|Deliberations - Council Chambers, 59-63 Huia St, Taumarunui||Wed 10 Nov|
|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|