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Representation review

Council undertook a representation review in 2017/2018 in preparation for the 2019 elections. The representation arrangements review process is designed to ensure that the statutory requirements of the Local Electoral Act are met and includes the number of constituencies, their boundaries, names, and number of members.

For the 2019 election 14 councillors will be elected as follows:

General constituencies

The population that each member will represent is as follows:

General constituency  General electoral population  Members  General electoral population per member
Thames-Coromandel 33,800 1 33,800
Waikato 60,200 2 30,100
Hamilton 140,900 4 35,225
Waihou 59,700 2 29,850
Waipa/King Country 62,800 2 31,400
Taupō/Rotorua 32,600 1 32,600

In accordance with section 19V(2) of the Local Electoral Act 2001 the population that each member represents falls within the range of 32,500 +/- 10% (29,250 to 35,750).

General constituency option A: status quo

Māori constituencies

The two Māori constituencies reflect the following identified communities of interest:

    1. Ngā Hau e Wha Māori Constituency,comprising Hamilton City and Waikato District.
    2. Ngā Tae ki Uta Māori Constituency, comprising Thames-Coromandel District, Hauraki District, Matamata Piako District, Waipa District, Otorohanga District, Waitomo District, South Waikato District, and the parts of Taupō District and Rotorua District within the Waikato region.

The population that each member will represent is as follows:

Māori constituency Māori electoral population Members Māori electoral population per member
Ngā Hau e Wha 37,800 1 37,800
Ngā Tae ki Uta 32,200 1 32,200

In accordance with section 19V(2) of the Local Electoral Act 2001 the population that each member represents falls within the range of 35,000 +/- 10% (31,500 to 38,500).


Further information

Copies of Waikato Regional Council’s resolution and maps setting out the areas of the proposed constituencies may be viewed and obtained from the council’s offices at 401 Grey Street Hamilton East, 33-35 Albert Street Whitianga, 13 Opatito Road Paeroa and corner of Paora Hapi and Titiraupenga Streets Taupō.  

You can download a copy of the report to council which includes the maps [PDF, 1 MB]

Any queries regarding the council’s decision should be directed to the Statutory Processes Advisor, Sarah McLeay Waikato Regional Council via email: sarah.mcleay@waikatoregion.govt.nz or phone(07) 859 2784. 

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