Representation Review Consultation 2018

Horizons Regional Council is reviewing its existing representation arrangements in 2018. At the moment, the Council is made up of twelve councillors, elected across six constituencies. Councillors adopted the existing arrangement as its 'initial proposal'  the preferred option for the next two local authority elections  at their meeting on 27 March 2018.

Now it's time for you to let us know whether you agree. You can make a submission until 12 noon on Monday, 14 May 2018.

To make a submission you can:


  • Council adopts initial proposal 27 March, 2018

  • Consultation period begins 10 April, 2018

  • End of consultation 14 May, 2018 12:00 p.m.

    Submissions must be received by Horizons

  • Submission hearings 31 May, 2018

  • Final proposal notified June, 2018

  • Objection and appeal period June, 2018 to July, 2018

Existing constituency boundaries

For more information on the initial proposal, take a look at the report to Council and the public notice. Click on the map below to find out more about the constituency boundaries and what Horizons does.

What is a Representation Review?

All local authorities have to carry out a review of the number of councillors, and the number and boundaries of areas they represent every six years. This ensures that people and communities have access to fair and effective representation of their interests by their local councils.

This part of the review involves councils adopting an initial proposal, and then asking communities to tell us what they think through submissions. Council will hold a hearing for any submitters who would like to present their views in person. Councillors then consider the submissions before deciding on the final proposal.

After the final proposal has been adopted, there will be an opportunity for submitters to appeal the outcome, and for anyone to object if there are changes from the initial proposal. Any appeals or objections are referred to the Local Government Commission to resolve.

The representation review process is set out in the Local Electoral Act 2001. You can find out more from the Local Government Commission, which has a role in ensuring councils' reviews are carried out properly and their arrangements meet the requirements of the Act, and the Commission's guidelines.

What has to be Considered?

There are three things that have to be balanced - identifying communities of interest, effective representation, and fair representation. Alongside these factors, regional councils must have between six and fourteen elected councillors, and the boundaries of constituencies must align as much as possible with other electoral boundaries (such as district council or ward boundaries).

Communities of interest are based on perceptual (belonging to a clearly defined area or locality), functional (ability to meet with reasonable economy the community's requirements for comprehensive physical and human services) and political (the ability of the elected body to represent the interests and reconcile the conflicts of all its members) attributes.

Effective representation includes avoiding barriers to participation, and not splitting communities of interest or grouping together those with few common interests. Things like the size and accessibility of an area are also important, to ensure that all residents can access their councillors, and councillors can attend meetings and represent their communities' views.

Fair representation seeks to ensure that each councillor represents a similar number of people. If the difference from the average is more than 10 percent in any constituency, then the Local Government Commission will make the final determination on whether council's final proposal is appropriate.

The Local Government Commission guidelines describe these concepts in more detail.  

Region, City or District Council – What's the Difference?

Your city or district council is responsible for community services in your area, like road maintenance, libraries, recreation areas, land use and subdivisions. Your regional council manages natural resources (such as air, water, land and the coast), across several city / district boundaries. Because these activities often cover large geographic areas, Horizons manages them for the benefit of the whole region. Many of the ten city and district councils that make up the Horizons Region will be reviewing their representation arrangements this year, in separate processes.