What is the representation review?

Local elections are usually held every three years so you can decide who will represent you at the Council table and on the community boards. To make sure that residents have fair and effective representation, all councils must review their representation arrangements at least every six years.

Waipā District Council last undertook a representation review in 2021 in preparation for the 2022 elections. The focus of this review is to better understand how people want to be represented around the Council table, and if there is an opportunity to make changes to the ward structure or to the number of councillors.

What is the current situation?

At present, the Council is made up of the mayor, who is elected by all voters in the district and 11 councillors, who are elected by voters within each of the five existing wards: Cambridge (4), Maungatautari (1), Pirongia-Kakepuku (2), Te Awamutu-Kihikihi (3); and the Waipā Māori Ward (1).

There are two community boards, one representing Cambridge and one representing Te Awamutu-Kihikihi. We are not proposing change or asking for feedback on community boards in this process.

We are not proposing change or asking for feedback on the Māori Ward at this time, as this is subject to a different process.

What is the process for the representation review?

Before we finalise a representation proposal to consult our community on, we want your early feedback. This is where we are in the process now. The survey below is an opportunity for you to tell us what you think.

You have until 5pm, 16 June 2024 to provide us with your views. For members of our community that wish to provide feedback non-digitally there are also hardcopy surveys located at each of our offices and libraries.

Council will consider the community’s feedback, along with other analysis and community information, before making a decision on any proposed changes to proceed with. The decision will be in the form of an ‘Initial Proposal’ which will go out to the community for formal consultation in July/August 2024.

Anyone can make a submission on the initial proposal. After considering all submissions and holding hearings (if required) council will publicly notify the final proposal. Any objections or appeals to the final proposal are sent to the Local Government Commission, which makes the final decision.

Provide my feedback on the hardcopy form.