We are currently looking at how Council (our mayor and councillors) is structured before the next election in 2022.
The consultation for the initial proposal has now closed. We are looking towards the public hearing on 18 October to hear submissions around our initial proposal
Thank you to everyone who has provided input into this process so far. We have taken your feedback on board and our commissioners have decided on an initial proposal based on that feedback (see details below).
What we are proposing?
The initial proposal will be for Tauranga residents to elect nine councillors – eight from eight general wards and one from a Māori ward – plus a mayor.
The proposed eight general wards are: Mauao/Mount Maunganui, Arataki, Pāpāmoa, Welcome Bay, Matua, Bethlehem, Tauriko and Te Papa (which runs from Greerton through the city centre to the harbour bridge).
The Māori ward would cover the entire city.
We will continue to have no community boards under this proposal.
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 representative.
Everyone gets two votes.
What structure do we currently have?
We currently have one mayor (who is elected by the whole city) and 10 councillors.
- Six of those councillors are elected from three general wards:
- Otumoetai/Pyes Pa
- Te Papa/Welcome Bay
- Mount Maunganui/Papamoa
- And four councillors are elected ‘at large’ (elected by the whole city)