Review of Auckland Council’s representation arrangements for the 2019 elections

Auckland Council
Auckland Council
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Local boards:
Albert-Eden, Devonport-Takapuna, Franklin, Great Barrier, Henderson-Massey, Hibiscus and Bays, Howick, Kaipātiki, Māngere-Ōtāhuhu, Manurewa, Maungakiekie-Tāmaki, Ōrākei , Ōtara-Papatoetoe, Papakura, Puketāpapa , Rodney, The Southern Initiative, Upper Harbour, Waiheke, Waitākere Ranges, Waitematā, Whau

Te take mō te pūrongo / Purpose of the report

1. To resolve the council’s initial proposal for its representation arrangements at the 2019 elections, as required by section 19H of the Local Electoral Act 2001 (Act).

Whakarāpopototanga matua / Executive summary

2. Auckland Council’s representation arrangements must be reviewed this year. The outcome will apply at the 2019 elections and the 2022 elections (unless the council chooses to conduct another review for the 2022 elections).

3. The process in the Act requires the council to make its initial proposal, by resolution, which is then publicly notified for submissions. After considering submissions, the council resolves its final proposal which is also publicly notified, with any appeals, objections and proposals that do not comply with the 10 per cent rule, being forwarded to the Local Government Commission to make the final decision. If there are no appeals or objections and if the council’s proposals all comply with the 10 per cent rule, the council’s final proposal is implemented for the 2019 elections.

4. Auckland Council has the most complex arrangements in New Zealand, with one governing body and twenty-one local boards. The Governing Body finalised the process for conducting the review in December 2017, following consultation with local boards. The Joint Governance Working Party (“Working Party”) has developed an initial proposal for consideration by the Governing Body. In doing this, all local boards were asked for their feedback and this is attached in Attachment A. The Working Party also received a report by the councillor for the Waitematā and Gulf ward, which is attached as Attachment B.

5. The council has six weeks following the close of submissions to publicly notify its final proposal. Within those six weeks, the Working Party must hear submitters, consider submissions and report its recommendations to the Governing Body, for the Governing Body to resolve its final proposal. Each local board has authorised a person, usually the board’s chairperson, to represent it if further feedback is required during the submission process. ...

Auckland Council Governing Body meeting 26 July 2018. Agenda item 10

See also, Auckland Council website: 

Consultation on electoral boundaries and representation : About the consultation on electoral boundaries and representation

Last updated: 2018-08-08