Your Choice - 2022 Representation Review

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Māu e whiriwhiri – Te Arotake Whakaahuahanga 2022

‘Your Choice – 2022 Representation Review’

Rotorua residents have the opportunity to provide feedback on representation options for the Rotorua district. Information regarding these options can be found HERE.

Feedback will help inform the final proposal for representation arrangements in 2022 (this final proposal will be out for consultation in September). To provide feedback on these options click HERE.

In order to ensure councils continue to provide fair and effective representation for individuals and communities, they’re required by law (the Local Electoral Act 2001), to review their elected representation arrangements

Māu e whiriwhiri – Te Arotake Whakaahuahanga 2022

‘Your Choice – 2022 Representation Review’

Rotorua residents have the opportunity to provide feedback on representation options for the Rotorua district. Information regarding these options can be found HERE.

Feedback will help inform the final proposal for representation arrangements in 2022 (this final proposal will be out for consultation in September). To provide feedback on these options click HERE.

In order to ensure councils continue to provide fair and effective representation for individuals and communities, they’re required by law (the Local Electoral Act 2001), to review their elected representation arrangements at least every six years.

A Representation Review ensures Council is fairly and effectively representing and balancing the needs and interests of the entire community.

In Rotorua, the last representation review was undertaken in 2015.

Your feedback will help us develop a proposal for representation arrangements in Rotorua that will apply to the 2022 Local Elections.

Once final, the updated representation arrangements will stay in effect for six years (two election cycles) or until the next review.

Learn more about the Representation Review below or read the information booklet HERE. Watch a public presentation about the Representation Review HERE.

  • Ngā tauira mo te whakaahuahanga - Representation Models

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    The ‘Your Choice – 2022 Representation Review’ is currently underway.

    A Representation Review is an opportunity to take a fresh look at the structure of the membership of council and the way councillors and community board members are elected.

    A proposal for Rotorua’s 2022 representation arrangements (how many councillors we have and how they are elected) will be out for public consultation in September.

    To inform this proposal, we would like to hear from you now about which of the following three options you think would most fairly and effectively represent Rotorua at the council table.

    Provide your feedback HERE.


    Option One

    • 1 General ward of the district with 7 elected members
    • Māori ward/s of the district with 3 elected members
    • Those enrolled on the General Electoral Roll can vote for 7 General ward members
    • Those enrolled on the Māori Electoral Roll can vote for 3 Māori ward members

    Those enrolled on the General Electoral Roll can vote for 7 General ward members + 1 Mayor for a total of 8 votes

    Those enrolled on the Māori Electoral Roll can vote for 3 Māori ward members + 1 Mayor for a total of 4 votes



    Option Two

    • 1 General ward of the district with 6 elected members
    • Māori ward/s of the district with 3 elected members
    • 1 elected member at large
    • Those enrolled on the General Electoral Roll can vote for 6 General ward members
    • Those enrolled on the Māori Electoral Roll can vote for 3 Māori ward members
    • Those enrolled on the General Electoral Roll, those enrolled on the Māori Electoral Roll can vote for 1 member at large

    Those enrolled on the General Electoral Roll can vote for 6 General ward members + 1 member at large + 1 Mayor for a total of 8 votes

    Those enrolled on the Māori Electoral Roll can vote for 3 Māori ward members + 1 member at large + 1 Mayor for a total of 5 votes


    Option Three

    • 1 General ward of the district with 4 elected members
    • Māori ward/s of the district with 2 elected members
    • 4 elected members at large
    • Those enrolled on the General Electoral Roll can vote for 4 ward members
    • Those enrolled on the Māori Electoral Roll can vote for 2 ward members
    • Those enrolled on the General Electoral Roll and those enrolled on the Māori Electoral Roll can vote for 4 members at large

    Those enrolled on the General Electoral Roll can vote for 4 General ward members + 4 member at large + 1 Mayor for a total of 9 votes

    Those enrolled on the Māori Electoral Roll can vote for 2 Māori ward members + 4 member at large + 1 Mayor for a total of 7 votes

  • Residents encouraged to have their say in 2022 Representation Review

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    13 July 2021

    Ko te tikanga kia akiaki i te hapori o Rotorua whānui ki te tuku ō rātau whakaaro mo te Arotake Whakaahuahanga 2022 - Rotorua residents encouraged to have their say in Your Choice – 2022 Representation Review

    Rotorua Lakes Council is encouraging residents to start thinking about representation arrangements in Rotorua as part of the upcoming representation review.

    Council has launched the ‘Your Choice – 2022 Representation Review’ project to review representation arrangements ahead of next year’s local government elections.

    This is a great opportunity for both Council and the community to consider if current arrangements are still fit-for-purpose, Council’s DCE - District Leadership & Democracy Oonagh Hopkins says.

    “The Representation Review allows us to take a fresh look at the structure of our elected members and how they are elected. It also provides the community with the opportunity to consider if they feel they are fairly and effectively represented at the Council table, and provide feedback if they think this could be improved.

    “Our current Council is one of the most diverse in the country, and we’re very proud of that, but it doesn’t mean there’s not room for improvement.

    “As our community continues to grow in population and diversity, it is appropriate to review our representation arrangements to ensure they’re serving their purpose,” says Ms Hopkins.

    In May this year Council resolved to establish a Māori Ward/s. This will be effective from next year’s election.

    The Representation Review won’t change this decision but will determine the structure of the Māori Ward/s.

    “Next election we will definitely have a Māori Ward, this won’t change. However the Representation Review will determine the number of elected members we have at the table, and this will impact how many Māori seats are within that ward or wards,” Ms Hopkins explains.

    “The review will determine if there is one Māori Ward or multiple wards, and if there are multiple, how many seats are within each of those wards.

    “There is a lot to consider, which could result in significant changes to our representation arrangements next year. I really encourage the community to familiarise themselves with what the review is about, what we’re going to be asking for feedback about, and to have their say when the time comes.

    “Local government is a democratic system and therefore it’s really important that our various communities feel their interests and voices are fairly and effectively represented at the decision-making table.”

    As part of the Review, Council will be considering, and asking for feedback about:

    • How many elected members should the district have;
    • Whether elected members should be elected from across the whole district or split into wards;
    • If wards are introduced, what the boundaries should be;
    • If we have wards, how many elected members we should have per ward;
    • Whether Community Boards be retained and/or new ones introduced;
    • The number of seats for the Māori Ward(s).

    The current model for the Rotorua district is one mayor, 10 councillors elected from across the district (at large), plus a Lakes Community Board and a Rural Community Board, each with 4 members elected to them (supplemented by one councillor per board, appointed by the mayor).

    There will be opportunities throughout July for the community to provide feedback on representation arrangements, both online and in person at public talks that are currently scheduled for:

    Everyone is welcome to attend these talks which aim to provide information about the Representation Review, and provide attendees with the opportunity to share their thoughts about representation arrangements in Rotorua. Both talks will also be livestreamed.

    Feedback collected will help inform the development of a proposal for these arrangements that will go to full Council on 31 August 2021 for approval for consultation.

    Once approved, the proposal will be out for public consultation from 8 September to 8 October 2021. Hearings will also be held in November for those who would like to speak to their submissions.

    Council will make a final decision on its representation arrangements for the 2022 election and adopt a final proposal in November 2021.

    There will also be opportunity for members of the public to make an objection or appeal before the final proposal is sent to the Local Government Commission.

    More information about the Representation Review is available at rotorualakescouncil.nz/koreromai

    Additional information

    Ngā pātai – FAQS (see fact sheet)


  • He aha te Arotake Whakaahuahanga? What is a ‘Representation Review’?

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    Rotorua Lakes Council’s ‘Your Choice – 2022 Representation Review will decide how many elected members will sit around the council table and make decisions on your behalf.

    Local authorities are required to review their representation arrangements at least once every six years. As part of the representation review a local authority can take a fresh look at the structure of its membership and the way they are elected. This could affect the total number of members, whether they come from a ward or ‘at large’ across the wider district, the boundaries of wards and constituencies, or the names of wards and constituencies.

    In simple terms, the following needs to be considered:

    • How many elected members should the district have?
    • Should elected members be elected from across the whole district or split into wards?
    • If wards are introduced, what should the boundaries be?
    • If we have wards, how many elected members should we have per ward?
    • Should Community Boards be introduced/retained?
    • Number of seats for Māori Ward/Wards


    The review must be publicly notified by the Council no later than 8 September 2021.

    Elections are held for local authorities every three years. This includes mayors, councillors and community board members. The next Rotorua Lakes Council elections will take place in October 2022.


    He aha i whai tikanga ai te arotake?
    Why are reviews important?

    • They ensure our electoral arrangements are fair;
    • They ensure equality of access;
    • They enable citizens to discuss the nature of effective representation in their cities; districts and regions;
    • They contribute to our experience of democracy not just locally but also nationally.


    Ināianei
    Present situation

    The current model for the district is:-

    • One mayor and 10 elected members, elected from across the district (‘at large’) , plus
    • A Lakes community board that comprises of 4 members elected from the lakes areas and 1 member appointed from the council, plus
    • A Rural community board that comprises of 4 members elected from the rural areas and 1 member appointed from the council.

    The district has had this model for the last two election rounds, 2016 and 2019.

    Te tau o ngā mema whai mana pōti
    Numbers of Elected Members

    The review can consider how many elected members are required to lead the Rotorua district and represent the needs of the people of Rotorua. The Mayor is elected ‘at large’. There could be between 5 and 29 members (excluding the Mayor) elected to the Rotorua Lakes Council.

    Questions to consider regarding the number of elected members include:

    • Can councillors easily attend public meetings throughout their area?
    • How easy is it for members of the public to meet with their councillors?
    • Can councillors effectively represent the views of the community at a district level?


    Ngā hapori whaipānga
    Communities of Interest

    Defining local ‘communities of interest’ is an essential part of the review process and needs to be carried out in order to determine how to provide effective representation. There is no legal definition for communities of interest but defining what one might be may include key factors such as:

    • A sense of community, identity and belonging
    • Similar demographic, socio-economic and /or ethnic characteristics
    • Similarity in economic activity
    • Dependence on shared facilities in an area
    • Physical and topographical features
    • The history of the area
    • The rohe or takiwa of local iwi
    • Transport and communication links


    Takiwā, ā rohe rānei?
    Wards or At Large?

    The district could be divided into wards if it is considered this provides a more effective and fairer way for residents to obtain access to elected members to have their views heard. If divided in to wards, each ward must elect at least one councillor, and each councillor representing a ward must be elected by the electors of that ward.

    The following options are available:

    • All councillors elected by wards
    • Some councillors elected by wards and some at large
    • All councillors elected at large.


    Takiwā Māori
    Māori Wards

    In February 2021 the Local Electoral (Māori Wards and Māori Constituencies) Amendment Bill was introduced and subsequently came into force on 1 March 2021. The law change means local polls can no longer overturn a councils’ decision to introduce Māori wards. It also means the deadline for councils to consider Māori wards for the 2022 local elections was extended to 21 May 2021.

    On 21 May 2021 Rotorua Lakes Council adopted the establishment of Māori Wards for the 2022 Local Election.

    Only those enrolled on the Māori roll can vote for Māori seats.

    Ngā Rāngai hapori
    Community Boards

    As part of the review, a territorial authority must consider whether community boards are (or would be) appropriate to provide fair and effective representation for individuals and communities in its district.

    The representation review provides a process to propose the constitution of new boards or alterations or disestablishment of existing boards. When carrying out a review, the required decisions are:

    • whether there need to be communities and community boards within the territorial authority’s district
    • if the territorial authority decides that one or more communities needs to be established (or retained)


    The area of a community board may be subdivided for electoral purposes. This includes provision for the community board members to be elected by wards if the community board area comprises two or more whole wards of a district.