He Arotake Kanohitanga | Representation Review

A representation review looks at how many councillors there should be for our regional council, the boundaries of the area each represents, and the names of those areas (also know as constituencies). Representation reviews are usually carried out by councils every six years. This year, Council chose to include Māori constituencies at the next local government election – which means Horizons will have two representatives elected by voters on the Māori electoral role. This decision has triggered an earlier than planned review of our current representation arrangements to ensure fair and effective representation continues for everyone across the region.

The information below is Horizons Regional Council's proposal, which you can make a submission on. We'd like to know whether you agree or don't agree with our proposed representation arrangements. If you don't agree, let us know why so we can consider your feedback before the final decision is adopted.

Submissions close midnight, 10 October 2021.

This representation review cannot reconsider Council's decision to establish Māori constituencies.

He tā te Kaunihera e tāpae ai? What is Council proposing?

After considering a number of potential representation arrangements, Council is proposing that the best option for fair and effective representation is to keep the existing six general constituencies and their boundaries and add two Māori constituencies. Council is also proposing to elect the same number of general councillors we currently have, which is 12, and have an additional two for the new Māori constituencies, equating to 14 councillors in total. If you would like to read about the other arrangements Council considered before settling on this proposal, you will find all the information below.

Council is proposing two Māori constituencies. The placeholder names are Raki Māori (North) and Tonga Māori (South). The boundaries of these consituencies is based on the number of voters on the Māori electorate.

You can have your say below on whether the boundaries for the general and Māori constituencies are correct, if you think the names for the Māori constituencies are right, and if we have the number of councillors across the region correct.

Earlier this year, Council held two workshops where they discussed many potential ways constituencies could be arranged. They particularly focused on groupings of communities of interest that wouldn’t split or create unnatural arrangements, and whether effective representation could be provided to residents. Council also ran through many different groupings of councillors across constituencies, to try and evenly spread the number of people each Councillor will represent.

He aha tētahi kanohitanga tika? What is fair and effective representation?

Having fair and effective representation means removing barriers to participation, and not splitting recognised communities of interest, or grouping together those which have few common interests. We also must consider things such as the size of a constituency and how accessible it is, as well as whether residents can meet with an elected representative easily.

At the same time, constituency boundaries should line up with existing district council boundaries if possible. Ruapehu Constituency, with its large geographic area, small population, and distinct landscape and local identity, is an example of where these factors have been carefully balanced in Council’s decision to continue to have a separate constituency for the area.

He aha ngā hiahia ā-hapori nei? What are communities of interest?

The term ‘community of interest’ is not defined in the Local Electoral Act 2001 and may mean different things to different people. Overall, it is about considering the interests of groups of people within a constituency; for some this is the iwi they belong to or where they live, while for others it could be a sports team, where they shop or work, or a mountain or lake.
For a regional council, constituencies often bring together quite large groups of communities of interest.
Click here to see what we identified as our communities of interest.

Constituency name Number of Councillors
Ruapehu 1
Whanganui 2
Manawatū-Rangitīkei 2
Palmerston North 4
Horowhenua  2
Tararua 1
Raki 1
Tonga 1

Constituency maps - click to expand

More information

Council paper
Public notification
Discussion document 1
Discussion document 2

Ngā Pātai Auau | Frequently asked questions

Click here to expand FAQs

Have your say

Make a submission by midnight, 10 October 2021 through our online form below or downloading the form and send to submissions@horizons.govt.nz, Freepost 217922, Horizons Regional Council, Private Bag 11025, Manawatu Mail Centre, Palmerston North or dropping it off to one of our service centres (note this option is only available during Covid-19 Alert Levels 1 and 2)
Downloadable submission form

Fill in the online form to have your say. Fields marked * are required.

The form must be completed and submitted by midnight on Sunday 10 October 2021.

Please note that the information you provide below, including your name and contact details, will be public information as it will be published in a Council paper.

Ka whakaae rānei koe ki tā te kaunihera whakaritenga kanohitanga mō te pōti 2022? | Do you agree with Council’s proposed representation arrangement for the 2022 local election? :

E whakaae ana koe ki ngā ingoa Raki Māori me Tonga Māori mō ngā wāhanga pōti? | Do you agree with the names Raki Māori (North) and Tonga Māori (South) for the Māori constituencies:

He whakaaro anō ōu hei whakaaro mā te kaunihera? | Is there anything else you would like Council to consider:

Please note that submissions about the decision on having Māori constituencies will not considered, Council have already adopted Māori constituencies making this decision legally binding.
Kei te hiahia koe ki te kōrero ā-waha mō tō tono? | Do you wish to speak to your submission:*
If yes, please double check your contact details to ensure we are able to contact you with further information. Hearings will be on 27 October at 10am, Horizons Regional House, Palmerston North, 11-15 Victoria Ave.
Enter security code:
 Security code