Final Representation Arrangements for the 2016 Local Authority Elections

On 2 November 2015 the Tararua District Council gave public notice of its final proposal for representation arrangements to apply for the Council and its constituent community boards for the elections to be held on 8 October 2016.

Notification of the right to appeal was also given. No appeals were received in respect of the resolution; therefore the representation arrangements for the 2016 local authority elections of the Tararua District Council and the district’s two community boards retain the existing arrangements as follows:

Council Representation

  • Two wards (North and South) with four members each and a Mayor elected at large
  • The two wards reflect the following identified communities of interest:

North Tararua Ward
Dannevirke and the surrounding rural areas, including Norsewood, Ormondville, Weber, Herbertville, Pongaroa and Akitio

South Tararua Ward
Woodville, Pahiatua, Eketahuna and the surrounding rural areas, including Mangatainoka, Makuri, Tiraumea and Alfredton


The population that each member will represent is as follows:


Ward

(2014 estimate)
Population

 
Members

Population per member

North Tararua

9,550

4

2,388

South Tararua

7,820

4

1,955

 

17,370

8

2,171


These population ratios fall within the range of 2,171 (1,954 to 2,388) in respect of the +/- 10% rule of the Local Electoral Act 2001.

The Council considers that this ward arrangement for its representation based on the above is appropriate for the following reasons:

  • That the two ward, eight councillors system provides a fair system of representation for the Tararua District.
  • That the communities of interest in the context of the Tararua district are effectively represented through the existing ward boundaries, and take into account the distinct outlying rural areas that are isolated.
  • That the ward boundaries coincide with boundaries of mesh blocks and community boundaries so far as is practicable.
  • That any alterations to change ward boundaries have not been requested by the community through submissions to the initial proposal, thereby indicating general satisfaction with the basis of these arrangements.

Community Board Representation

  • Two community boards (Dannevirke and Eketahuna) each with four elected members and one Council appointed member
  • The two community boards reflect the following identified communities of interest, and will not be subdivided for electoral purposes:

Dannevirke Community Board
Dannevirke and the surrounding rural areas, including Norsewood, Ormondville, Weber, Herbertville, Pongaroa and Akitio

Eketahuna Community Board
Eketahuna and the surrounding rural areas, including Tiraumea, Alfredton, Hamua, Hukanui, Nireaha, Rongomai, Putara, Rongokako, Kaiparoro and Newman

Further Information

Any queries regarding the Council’s decision should be directed to Richard Taylor, Governance Manager, Tararua District Council, PO Box 115, Dannevirke, 26 Gordon Street, fax 06 374 4137, email info@tararuadc.govt.nz



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