Representation Review 2018

The submission period for the Representation Review 2018 has now closed.


Setting the scene

Under the Local Electoral Act 2001, the Council must review their electoral arrangements every six years.   The last review happened in 2012.

The 2018 review has now been completed and considered the following areas:

  • Identifying our communities of interest
  • How the communities of interest are best represented
  • Ward boundaries, their names and the number of members (Councillors)
  • The basis of election (that is, at large, by wards or mixed)
  • Establishment of new community boards
  • The number of electoral subdivisions (if any)
  • Any arrangement for Maori representation

This document outlines the options for how this district is represented for the next six years.  


Snapshot of the proposals

In many instances we are proposing to retain the status quo.  Here’s a snapshot of the proposals.  You can read more about the options below.

  • All Councillors are elected in wards
  • The names of the wards will be: Queenstown-Wakatipu, Arrowtown and Wanaka;
  • The boundaries of each ward will be remain the same except the Queenstown-Wakatipu Ward will become slightly smaller to allow for an expanded Arrowtown ward.  (more detail below)
  • The number of councillors elected in each ward:
    • Queenstown-Wakatipu: Six
    • Arrowtown: one
    • Wanaka: Three
    • There will be a Wanaka Community Board with four members elected directly by voters in the Wanaka Ward and the three Wanaka Ward Councillors appointed by Council.


The options in more detail:

We have outlined the options for each ward below.

Arrowtown Ward:

The Arrowtown Ward has always been considered its own community of interest because of its special character.   The current representation arrangement is not compliant with the Local Electoral Acts requirements for fair representation.   The Council can recommend a non-compliant arrangement but it needs to be able to fully justify why. 

Option 1 – retain the status quo
This retains the current ward boundary and one elected councillor.  This is not compliant and will require justification to the Local Government Commission.    

Option 2 – Expand the Arrowtown Ward to ensure it is fully compliant
This removes the need to refer the decision to the Local Government Commission.  However, it could dilute the argument that Arrowtown is a special community of interest.


Option 3 – Expand the Arrowtown ward (preferred)

Expand the Arrowtown Ward to include Milbrook and MacDonnel Road through to SH6 (shown below).  This is not fully compliant and will require referral to the Local Government Commission.  However it does retain areas that are more traditionally considered part of Arrowtown.


Option 4 – Combine the Arrowtown and Queenstown-Wakatipu wards
Seven Councillors could be elected under this option.  It recognises that most Arrowtown residents use the shopping, leisure and cultural facilities in the wider Wakatipu basin and many work in Queenstown.    This option is fully compliant and would not require referral to the Local Government Commission.


Queenstown-Wakatipu Ward

While enlarging the Arrowtown Ward means the Queenstown-Wakatipu wards becomes slightly smaller, the representation arrangements would not be affected.  The proposal is to retain the status quo of electing six councillors to represent the ward. 


Wanaka Ward

It is proposed to retain the status quo in Wanaka.  This means three Councillors are elected and a Community Board made up of four elected representatives. 


Want to know more?

Check out the full report that was approved by the Council on 14 June.  It includes more detail about the current situation, further background on the options and key population stats driving the recommendations.   

>> Representation Review 2018  (report adopted by the full council for consultation on 14 June)


Have your say

Submissions for the Representation Review have now closed.


What happens next?

Submission hearing
13 August 2018

Decision on final proposal
6 September 2018

Decision notified
8 September 2018

Appeal period
8 September – 8 October 2018


What if an appeal is lodged?

If an appeal or objection is received, the Council must refer the whole representation review to the Local Government Commission by 15 January 2019.  The commission will then determine the best representation arrangements for the district, taking into account the original decision, submissions, appeals and objections.   If this happens, a decision must be made by 11 April 2019.