We are currently looking at how Council (our mayor and councillors) is structured in preparation for the next local government election.
The appeal and objection period has now closed. There were 18 appeals and objections received.
The Local Government Commission hears any appeals or objection and will then confirm what Tauranga’s representation arrangements will be.
The determination must be made by 11 April 2022.
Final proposal appeals and objections
Thank you to everyone who has provided input into this process so far. The Commissioners have now decided on a final proposal (see details below).
If you do not agree with the proposal, you can now lodge an appeal or objection for the Local Government Commission’s consideration.
Should I appeal or object?
If you made a submission on the initial proposal, as an individual or organisation, then you can appeal about matters related to your original submission, or you can object to matters outside your original submission.
An objection may be lodged by any person or organisation on the Final Proposal. Your objection must clearly identify the matters which your objection relates to.
If there are no appeals or objections, the Final Proposal becomes the basis of our representation model for the next election.
Appeals and objections must be made in writing and received by Council no later than 5pm, 13 December 2021. Please mark for the attention of Coral Hair, Manager Democracy Services.
- Send an email to firstname.lastname@example.org
- Post to us at Private Bag 12022, Tauranga 3143
- Drop off at any library or the customer service centre at 91 Willow Street, Tauranga (subject to COVID-19 alert restrictions)
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.