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Representation review: option 3

Seven wards model with 11 councillors from 6 wards and 1 Māori ward councillor.

Option 3: Six wards 12 councillors and mayor

Advantages

  • More geographic representation of communities of interest than the current three (3) wards.
  • More easily understood system than Options 1 & 2.
  • Direct relationship with electors and ward councillor(s).
  • This arrangement may address the previous Council’s challenges.
  • Potential for lower costs for general ward candidates.
  • Increase in the number of councillors from 10 to 12 provides greater representation of communities of interest and a more effective council.

Disadvantages

  • Electors are only able to vote for a minority of councillors. Māori electors would elect only 1 councillor out of 10 (the Māori member). General electors would elect 1-3 councillors out of 9 depending on their ward.
  • Inequitable model as general electors in two wards can vote for up to 3 councillors.
  • Does not identify and represent city-wide communities of interest.
  • Potential for perception that the ward member represents their ward only.
  • Less potential for electing a more diverse group of councillors than Options 1 & 2.
  • Larger number of councillors can be seen as creating more potential for disharmony and conflict.
Ward name Number of councillors
Mauao 3
Wairakei 1
Ōtūmoetai 3
Te Papa 1
Welcome Bay 2
Tauriko 1
Māori ward (name to be determined) 1

Ward maps

Seven wards model

Option 3: Seven wards model (6.4mb pdf)

Mauao (5.4mb pdf) Ōtūmoetai (6mb pdf) Te Papa (6mb pdf) 
Tauriko (8mb pdf) Wairakei Welcome Bay

Compliance

Ward name Number of councillors General electoral population estimates Population per councillor Deviation from city average per councillor % deviation from city average per councillor
Mauao 3 37,600 12,533 129 1.04
Wairakei 1 12,550 12,550 145 1.17
Ōtūmoetai 3 35,300 11,767 -638 -5.14
Te Papa 1 12,600 12,600 195 1.58
Welcome Bay 2 26,800 13,400 995 8.02
Tauriko 1 11,600 11,600 -805 -6.49
Total 11   12,405    

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