We have a new representation arrangement for our Council (mayor and councillors) that will be in place for the next election, due in July 2024.
The Local Government Commission has decided on the representation arrangements for Tauranga City Council for the next election. Released on 7 April 2022, the Local Government Commission’s determination upheld the Council’s final proposal for a Mayor and nine councillors (see below for details).
Local Government Commission Determination (1.3mb pdf)
For further information on the determination please refer to the Local Government Commission website.
Final proposal appeals and objections
There were 18 appeals and objections received. The Local Government Commission heard these appeals and objections on 9 March 2022. You can watch the hearing on the Local Government Commission’s Youtube site. The Local Government Commission confirmed Tauranga’s representation arrangements on 7 April 2022.
The following appeals and objections were received:
Tauranga City Council final proposal appeals and objections (2.76mb pdf)
The Council’s submission to the Local Government Commission hearing and powerpoint presentation is available below.
Tauranga City Council submission on final proposal (282kb pdf)
Tauranga City Council submission on final proposal powerpoint (1.75mb pdf)
The final proposal is for Tauranga residents to elect nine councillors – eight from eight general wards and one from the Māori ward – plus a mayor.
The proposed eight general wards are: Mauao/Mount Maunganui, Arataki, Pāpāmoa, Welcome Bay, Matua-Otūmoetai, Bethlehem, Tauriko and Te Papa.
The Māori ward, Te Awanui would cover the entire city.
There are no community boards under this proposal.
We will continue to have no community boards under this proposal.
Having considered all objections, Council resolved to amend its Initial Proposal as follows:
- The name of the Māori ward is to be Te Awanui.
- The name of the Matua ward was changed to Matua-Otūmoetai ward.
- The proposed ward boundary between Mauao/Mount Maunganui and Arataki wards was moved to Girven Road.
- The proposed ward boundary between Arataki and Pāpāmoa wards was moved to include Pāpāmoa Plaza, Fashion Island and surrounding residential areas in the Pāpāmoa ward.
Council considers that the changes are appropriate for the following reasons:
- The name of Te Awanui was gifted by Te Rangapū Mana Whenua o Tauranga Moana. It is the original name of Tauranga harbour and follows the pathway Mauao took from the Hautere Forest to his present position.
- The name of the Matua-Otūmoetai ward better reflects the communities in the ward.
- Both the proposed boundary changes can be made and the proposal will continue to be complying. These boundary changes are appropriate and provide for more effective and fair representation of these communities along the coastal strip and will be understood by the communities of each ward.
Who gets to vote for who?
If you are on the general election roll you will vote for the mayor and vote for a ward councillor (in the area where you live).
If you are on the Māori election roll you will vote for the mayor and for the Māori ward councillor.
Everyone gets two votes.