Representation Review 2021

  • Over the next six weeks your elected members from Tongaporutu to Okato will be considering what the make-up of the New Plymouth District Council (NPDC) should be.
  • Every six years councils across New Zealand have to consider their Representative make up and the electoral boundaries that determine who you can vote for every three years.
  • There are a wide range of options on the table in the Representation Review.
  • The review will determine the number of Councillors elected and whether we vote for them at large (everybody votes for all councillors), in a ward system or a mixture of both. 
  • We have decided to establish a Māori Ward and this is included in all the options.
  • It will also look at whether we should have Community Boards and if so for what areas.
  • Factors considered are how many people each councillor represents and how communities of interest are represented.
  • The Representation Review report does not make any recommendations.  
  • The Strategy and Operations Committee on 13 July recommended 12 Councillors and the Mayor, with three councillors elected at large and the rest from four new wards, and possibly creating a new Bell Block Community Board in addition to the four existing Community Boards.
  • It’s important to note all options are still on the table and no final decisions have been made yet.
  • The report will now go to Community Boards and the Te Huinga Taumatua committee for their recommendations. 
  • The Mayor and Councillors will then decide on a proposal to be sent out for public feedback on 17 August.
  • Get in touch with your Councillors or Community Board members to have your say, drop us a line at enquiries@npdc.govt.nz or give us a ring at 06-759 6060.

You can read the full report here: