Public Consultation: Representation Review

Proposal for representation arrangements for the 2019 local elections


About the review

Under the Local Electoral Act 2001, Councils have to review their representation arrangements at least once every six years.

Westland District Council is seeking your feedback on its initial proposal for representation arrangements for the 2019 and 2022 elections.

Representation arrangements include:

  • The number of councillors to be elected;
  • Whether councillors are elected by wards or by the district as a whole
  • If by ward, the number, boundaries and names of those wards and number of councillors that will represent them; and
  • Whether to have community boards, and if so, how many, their boundaries and number of members.

On 28 August 2018, Westland District Council reviewed its representation arrangements, and resolved that the following proposal apply for the Council for the elections to be held on 12 October 2019:

  • Council have proposed a small boundary change to move the Hokitika boundary as far as Pine Tree Road with the wider Kaniere Township moving into the Northern Ward (note the boundary map proposal).
  • There will remain eight councillors elected on a ward basis with the Mayor elected at large
  • No community boards will be elected
  • There will be no Maori Wards at this time


Public notification of consultation

3 July 2018

Consultation period

3 July 2018 – 3 August 2018

Hearings to be held

13 August 2018


23 August 2018

Public notification of decision

27 August 2018

Objection period

27 August 2018 – 28 September 2018

Forward to LGC

1 October 2018

How to make a submission

Make a submission online at:

Alternatively, via email to:

Alternatively, by post to:
Representation Review
Westland District Council,
Private Bag 704,
Hokitika 7842


Find out more about our proposal for representation arrangements for the 2019 local elections.