Local body elections are held on a triennial basis. The next elections take place in 2022.
Every three years elections are held for local authorities. This includes mayors, councillors, community board members and local board members. These are the triennial elections.
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.
A representation review must be publicly notified by the council no later than 31 August in the year before an election.
Any member of the public can make a written submission on a proposed representation review. The council considers all submissions and may change its proposals as a result. If a person who made a submission is not satisfied with the council's amended proposal they can appeal against it.
If a council receives any objection it must refer the whole representation review to the Local Government Commission. It must do this no later than 15 January in the year of the election.
The Commission has a quasi-judicial role to determine the best representation arrangements for that local authority. It takes into account the original council decisions, the submissions, appeals and objections. It must issue its decision no later than 11 April of the election year.
A Commission decision can be appealed to the High Court on a point of law.
Note: A separate process is followed if a local authority wants to change its electoral system, e.g. first past the post or single transferable vote; or if it wants to establish Maori wards. These matters can not be appealed to the Commission. The electoral arrangements for licensing trusts and district health boards are also not within the scope of the Local Government Commission.
It is proposed that the Council comprises of the Mayor and seven members elected from three wards.
What Would Change?
- The number of wards in the district would increase from two to three with the creation of a new, Tekapo Ward.
- The number of councillors in the district would increase from six to seven, plus the Mayor.
Reasons for Change
- Updated population statistics have been released by Statistics New Zealand. This shows that the population of the Pukaki Ward has grown much faster than the Opuha Ward. The current arrangement of two equal wards now falls outside the statutory requirement for a fair population-to-member ratio, so the current arrangements cannot legally continue.
- Pre-engagement with the community showed that some Tekapo voters strongly supported the creation of a Tekapo ward.
How Would it Look?
The wards will reflect the following identified communities of interest:
|Pukaki Ward||Twizel township and the rural area to the west and south of Lake Pukaki, but not including Mount Cook Village.|
|Tekapo Ward||Tekapo township and the rural area from the shore on the eastern side of Lake Pukaki to the top of the mountain range that separates the Mackenzie basin from the South Canterbury low land.|
|Opuha Ward||Fairlie, Burkes Pass, Kimbell and Albury townships and the rural area from Burkes Pass in the west to the boundary with Timaru District Council in the east.|
The population that each member will represent is as follows:
In accordance with section 19V(2), Local Electoral Act 2001, the population that each member represents must be within the range of 774 +/- 10% (697 to 851), unless particular community of interest considerations justify otherwise. This proposal does not fit within the stipulated range.
Only the representation of the Tekapo Ward falls outside the stipulated range. The Council considers that the Tekapo Ward warrants a ratio outside the range for the effective representation of communities of interest within isolated communities situated within the district.
It is proposed that the three community boards continue with the same number of members, but that the boundaries be expanded to include rural areas.
What Would Change?
Community board boundaries would be extended from the current township-only arrangement to include the entire ward area. This means everyone in the district would vote for community board members as well as the councillor/s and Mayor.
Reason for Change
Council and community boards recognise that people living in rural areas use township services such as parks, community centres and swimming pools, and should therefore have a say in who governs these assets.
How Would it Look?
It is proposed that the following three community boards be elected at the 2022 election:
Twizel Community Board
Tekapo Community Board
Fairlie Community Board