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Representation review: option 1

Mixed model with 7 councillors from 3 wards, 1 Māori ward councillor and 2 at large councillors. 

Option 1: Mixed model


  • Māori and general electors vote for between 3-5 councillors out of 10.
  • This continues the mixed model that’s been in place since 2010 and keeps 10 councillors. 
  • Provides for geographical coverage of communities with ward-elected members.
  • Provides for communities of interest spread across the city.
  • Potential for more diversity of ‘at large councillors’ to be elected.
  • Allows residents to have a choice of who to approach, ‘at large’ or ward-based councillors.


  • Not all councillors represent the same number of electors.
  • Mixture of two systems (wards and at large) could be confusing to voters.
  • May not accurately represent current communities of interest.
  • Potential for perception that the ward member represents their ward only.
  • Possibility of division between councillors regarding perceived elector representation and accountability.
  • This arrangement may have contributed to the previous Council’s challenges.
Ward name Number of councillors
Mount Maunganui-Pāpāmoa 3
Ōtūmoetai-Pyes Pā 2
Te Papa-Welcome Bay 2
Māori ward (name to be determined) 1
At large councillors (elected by both general and Māori electors) 2

Ward maps

Option 1 Mixed Model

Option 1: Mixed model (6mb pdf)

Mount Maunganui-Papamoa (5mb pdf) Ōtūmoetai-Pyes Pā (5mb pdf)  Te Papa- Welcome Bay (6mb pdf)


Ward name Number of councillors General electoral population estimates Population per councillors Deviation from city average per councillor  % deviation from city average per councillor
Mount Maunganui-Pāpāmoa 3 55,300 18,433 -1,052 -5.40
Ōtūmoetai-Pyes Pā 2 42,300 21,150 1,664 8.54
Te Papa-Welcome Bay 2 38,800 19,400 86 -0.44
Total 7   19,486    

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