We are establishing a Māori ward and are reviewing our Single Transferable Vote (STV) electoral system and representation arrangements.
Notice: Māori ward
On August 25, the mayor and councillors voted to establish a Māori ward in Tauranga for the 2022 and 2025 local government elections.
Electors can demand that Council hold a poll to overturn this decision.
Public Notice of right to demand a poll on the establishment of a Māori ward within Tauranga City
Tauranga City Council uses the Single Transferable Vote (STV) electoral system for local body elections.
Under STV, voters rank their preferred candidates in order of preference (1, 2, 3, etc) rather than the ‘first-past-the-post’ (FPP) method of ticking a box.
Electors can demand that Council hold a poll to overturn the electoral system and return to FPP.
Public notice: Electoral Systems - Right to demand poll on electoral system (24kb pdf)
A review of the representation arrangements for Tauranga City Council is required every six years under the Local Electoral Act 2001 (LEA).
The next one will occur in 2021. It will determine:
- The basis of election (whether councillors are elected at large, to wards or a mix of both)
- The number of electoral subdivisions (known as wards)
- The ward boundaries, the names, and number of councillors elected to them
- Whether to introduce community boards
Last Reviewed: 20/10/2020