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Initial proposal for representation arrangements

Event date: 3/09/2021 8:00 a.m. - 4/10/2021 5:00 p.m. Export event

On 30 August 2021 the Tauranga City Council reviewed its representation arrangements and resolved that the following initial proposal apply for the Council for the elections to be held on 8 October 2022:

Council Representation

It is proposed that the Council comprise the Mayor and nine members. The Mayor will be elected by all electors (city-wide). There will be one member elected from one Māori ward and eight members elected from eight separate general wards.

The proposed name of the Māori ward will be gifted by Te Rangapū Mana Whenua o Tauranga Moana. The proposed names of the general wards,  the number of members to be elected by the electors of each ward, and the population each member will represent are set out in the table below together with the compliance with the fairness population rule for the general wards as required by section 19V2 of the Local Electoral Act. The population that each member of a general ward represents must be within the range of 17,056 +/- 10% (15,350 to 18,762) to ensure electors receive fair representation.

 

Ward Name

Number of Members to be elected

Population Per Member

+/- 10%

Māori ward

1

15,300

N/A

Mauao/Mount Maunganui

1

16,500

-3.26

Arataki

1

17,150

0.55

Pāpāmoa

1

16,850

-1.21

Welcome Bay

1

18,000

5.53

Matua

1

18,050

5.83

Bethlehem

1

17,550

2.89

Te Papa

1

16,400

-3.85

Tauriko

1

15,950

-6.49

Total

9

 

 

The wards reflect the following identified communities of interest:

Ward name

Description of communities of interest

Māori ward

This ward reflects the community of interest for Māori electors and those in the Māori community.

Mauao/Mount Maunganui

This ward includes Mount Maunganui, Omanu, Bayfair and Matapihi. It forms part of the coastal strip and recognises the unique feature of Mauao which is an important cultural, historic and geographical feature. This ward has a focus on leisure and tourism, faces increased tsunami risk, sea level rise and coastal hazards due to its location. Improved transportation links to the City via state highways are of importance to residents.

Arataki

This ward includes Arataki, Te Maunga, Palm Beach and Kairua.   It forms part of the coastal strip. Like the Mauao/Mount Maunganui ward, the residents have strong links to the unique feature of Mauao and the ward has a focus on leisure and tourism, faces increased tsunami risk, sea level rise and coastal hazards due to its location. Improved transportation links to the City via state highways are of importance to residents.

Pāpāmoa

This ward includes Pāpāmoa, Golden Sands, Wairakei and Te Tumu. This coastal strip area will continue to have accelerating population growth.  In the next 10 years an estimated 2-3,000 new homes will be built in the areas already zoned for housing and 7-8,000 homes once Te Tumu is zoned for housing. It also faces increased tsunami risk, sea level rise and coastal hazards due to its location. Improved transportation links to the City as well as the construction of a direct link to the Tauranga Eastern Link via the Pāpāmoa East Interchange are of importance to residents.

Welcome Bay

This ward includes Welcome Bay, Maungatapu, Kaitemako, Poike and Ohauiti. These areas have a reliance on services and facilities located in other suburbs and transportation to the city centre is an important issue for local residents.  More rural based residents have specific needs related to rural living.

Matua

This ward includes Matua, Otumoetai, Bellevue and Brookfield. With a large population living close to the city centre, the residents of this ward are impacted by the increase of infill housing, are interested in safer transport options and the development of community facilities.

Bethlehem

This ward includes includes Bethlehem and Judea. With a large population living close to the city centre, the residents of this ward are impacted by the increase of infill housing, are interested in safer transport options and the development of community facilities. 

Te Papa

This ward includes Te Papa Peninsula, Sulphur Point, CBD, Fraser Cove, Tauranga South, Merivale, Yatton Park and Greerton (north of Chadwick Road). The Te Papa Spatial Plan, with its focus on increased density and city-living type housing, is estimated to increase the number of residents on the Te Papa Peninsula by 15,000 by 2050. The Cameron Road redevelopment project with improved passenger services and transport choices will have a major impact on residents. The development of community facilities, spaces and places and the inner-city revitalisation are of importance to residents. 

Tauriko

This ward includes Pyes Pa, Hairini, Oropi, Gate Pa, Greerton (south of Chadwick Road), The Lakes and Tauriko. The expansion of the city to the west has seen boundary changes with Western Bay to facilitate the development of business, industry and residential growth. It is estimated in the next 10 years that 3-4,000 new homes will be built, improvements will be made to SH29 and connections to it, and an additional 100-150 hectares of business land will be provided creating an additional 2,000 jobs. This ward includes rural based residents that have specific needs related to rural living.

Community Board Representation

It is proposed that no community boards be established.

Further Information

Copies of the Council’s resolution, which sets out the reasons for the proposed changes, and the maps for the proposed wards are available on the Council’s website:

or can be viewed at, and obtained from any of the libraries in Greerton, Central City, Mount Maunganui and Papamoa or the customer service centre, Willow Street, Tauranga.

Please note these council facilities may be closed during the submission period depending on the COVID-19 alert levels.

Submissions are invited

Persons with an interest in the proposed representation arrangements are invited to make written submissions on the Council’s initial representation proposal by:

  • Completing the online submission form
  • Sending an email to info@tauranga.govt.nz
  • Complete a hard copy submission form and post it to us at Private Bag 12022, Tauranga 3143, or drop off at any library or the customer service centre at 91 Willow Street (subject to COVID-19 alert restrictions).

Submissions must be received by Council by 5 pm on 4 October 2021. Please indicate if you wish to speak to your submission on 18 October 2021.

For any queries regarding the Council’s decision please contact Coral Hair, Manager Democracy Services,  Phone 07 577 7000.

Marty Grenfell
Chief Executive
Tauranga City Council

Posted: Sep 3, 2021,
Categories: Public Notice, General,

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