Representation Review

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On this page you'll find information on what the representation review is all about and what changes the independent panel have proposed.


An independent panel undertook community engagement in late 2023 and early 2024 to look at the representation arrangements for Hutt City Council and community boards.

On 27 June 2024 Council reviewed the panel’s initial proposal and resolved that the following changes be recommended. We’re now seeking public feedback on the proposal, which would take effect at the elections in October 2025. 


Council representation

It is proposed that Hutt City Council is made up of a mayor and 13 councillors:

  • 5 councillors elected at-large from across the city
  • 1 councillor elected from Mana Kairangi ki Tai Māori Ward, covering the whole city
  • 7 councillors elected from 5 general wards

WARD

COMMUNITIES

Northern General Ward

Stokes Valley, Taita, Naenae, Avalon

Central General Ward

Boulcott, Epuni, Fairfield, Waterloo, Hutt Central, Alicetown, Melling, Woburn, Waiwhetū

Western General Ward

Manor Park, Belmont Park, Kelson, Belmont, Tirohanga, Normandale, Maungaraki

Harbour General Ward

Korokoro, Petone, Moera, Gracefield, Eastern Bays, Eastbourne

Wainuiomata General Ward

Arakura, Glendale, Homedale, Pencarrow, Wainuiomata

See Map for proposed General Ward boundary changes


The population that councillors will represent is as follows:

WARD

POPULATION

COUNCILLOR/S

POPULATION PER COUNCILLOR

% DIFFERENCE FROM AVERAGE

Northern General Ward

27,470

2

13,735

-5.09%

Central General Ward

27,570

2

13,785

-4.74%

Western General Ward

13,960

1

13,960

-3.53%

Harbour General Ward

15,700

1

15,700

+8.49%

Wainuiomata General Ward

16,600

1

16,600

+14.71%


In accordance with section 19V(2), of the Local Electoral Act 2001, the population that each councillor represents must be within the range of 14,471 +/-10% (13,024 to 15,918), unless particular community of interest considerations justify otherwise.

Wainuiomata General Ward doesn’t meet the requirement for fair representation based on the +/-10% rule. Under consideration of section 19V(3) of the Local Electoral Act 2001, the panel considered it necessary to avoid dividing this community of interest between wards or, uniting within one ward, communities of interest with few commonalities.


Community board representation

It is proposed that there be no community boards in Lower Hutt and the three existing community boards be disestablished.


Changes to wards

  • Expand the Northern General Ward to include:
    1. all of Avalon north of Fariway Drive and Daysh Street,
    2. all of Naenae north of the part of Naenae Road between Cambridge Terrace and Waddington Drive,
    3. also including properties on Hamerton Street and between this street and Naenae Road.
  • Expand the Central General Ward to include:
    1. all of Alicetown and Melling (all properties within the area between Wakefield Street, Western Hutt Road, Melling Link and Te Awa Kairangi Hutt River)
    2. the area of Woburn south of Whites Line West (all properties on the southern side of this road and also on Richmond Grove, Fuller Grove, Saulbrey Grove and Trevethick Grove)
    3. the area of Waiwhetū south of Whites line East (all properties on the southern side of this road on all road off White Lines East to the south, including those off Leighton Avenue, Bell Road and Wainui Road as far as and including Riverside Drive)
  • the current Eastern Ward is disestablished (because of expansion of the Northern and Central General Wards)
  • the current Harbour Ward is reduced (because of expansion of the Central General Ward)
  • the current Western Ward is reduced (because of expansion of the Central General Ward)


Costs

Adding an extra councillor in Lower Hutt, as proposed, won't affect rates or council budgets. The Remuneration Authority sets out the total pool of money available for all councils in New Zealand to pay its councillors (this is based on the assessed size of the council governance role). This means the overall pool of money stays the same and Council would need to reallocate the existing funds to accommodate an additional councillor.


Te Awa Kairangi ki Tai Lower Hutt Electoral Population

According to information available to Councils from Statistics New Zealand, our total Electoral Population is 114,000; General Electoral Population - 101,300 and Māori Electoral Population - 12,700.


Further information

On this page you’ll find the following supporting information:

  • Maps of proposed ward boundaries
  • FAQs to help you with any queries you may have
  • A full copy of the proposal prepared by the panel


Have your say

Below is a Feedback Form where you can share your thoughts on the initial proposal.

You can also email us at haveyoursay@huttcity.govt.nz, or find a paper survey at a local Neighbourhood Hub.

Drop-in sessions are scheduled at a range of Neighbourhood Hubs where you can ask questions and discuss the proposal - find dates and times on this page.


Consultation opens Monday 1 July and closes midnight Thursday 1 August.

On this page you'll find information on what the representation review is all about and what changes the independent panel have proposed.


An independent panel undertook community engagement in late 2023 and early 2024 to look at the representation arrangements for Hutt City Council and community boards.

On 27 June 2024 Council reviewed the panel’s initial proposal and resolved that the following changes be recommended. We’re now seeking public feedback on the proposal, which would take effect at the elections in October 2025. 


Council representation

It is proposed that Hutt City Council is made up of a mayor and 13 councillors:

  • 5 councillors elected at-large from across the city
  • 1 councillor elected from Mana Kairangi ki Tai Māori Ward, covering the whole city
  • 7 councillors elected from 5 general wards

WARD

COMMUNITIES

Northern General Ward

Stokes Valley, Taita, Naenae, Avalon

Central General Ward

Boulcott, Epuni, Fairfield, Waterloo, Hutt Central, Alicetown, Melling, Woburn, Waiwhetū

Western General Ward

Manor Park, Belmont Park, Kelson, Belmont, Tirohanga, Normandale, Maungaraki

Harbour General Ward

Korokoro, Petone, Moera, Gracefield, Eastern Bays, Eastbourne

Wainuiomata General Ward

Arakura, Glendale, Homedale, Pencarrow, Wainuiomata

See Map for proposed General Ward boundary changes


The population that councillors will represent is as follows:

WARD

POPULATION

COUNCILLOR/S

POPULATION PER COUNCILLOR

% DIFFERENCE FROM AVERAGE

Northern General Ward

27,470

2

13,735

-5.09%

Central General Ward

27,570

2

13,785

-4.74%

Western General Ward

13,960

1

13,960

-3.53%

Harbour General Ward

15,700

1

15,700

+8.49%

Wainuiomata General Ward

16,600

1

16,600

+14.71%


In accordance with section 19V(2), of the Local Electoral Act 2001, the population that each councillor represents must be within the range of 14,471 +/-10% (13,024 to 15,918), unless particular community of interest considerations justify otherwise.

Wainuiomata General Ward doesn’t meet the requirement for fair representation based on the +/-10% rule. Under consideration of section 19V(3) of the Local Electoral Act 2001, the panel considered it necessary to avoid dividing this community of interest between wards or, uniting within one ward, communities of interest with few commonalities.


Community board representation

It is proposed that there be no community boards in Lower Hutt and the three existing community boards be disestablished.


Changes to wards

  • Expand the Northern General Ward to include:
    1. all of Avalon north of Fariway Drive and Daysh Street,
    2. all of Naenae north of the part of Naenae Road between Cambridge Terrace and Waddington Drive,
    3. also including properties on Hamerton Street and between this street and Naenae Road.
  • Expand the Central General Ward to include:
    1. all of Alicetown and Melling (all properties within the area between Wakefield Street, Western Hutt Road, Melling Link and Te Awa Kairangi Hutt River)
    2. the area of Woburn south of Whites Line West (all properties on the southern side of this road and also on Richmond Grove, Fuller Grove, Saulbrey Grove and Trevethick Grove)
    3. the area of Waiwhetū south of Whites line East (all properties on the southern side of this road on all road off White Lines East to the south, including those off Leighton Avenue, Bell Road and Wainui Road as far as and including Riverside Drive)
  • the current Eastern Ward is disestablished (because of expansion of the Northern and Central General Wards)
  • the current Harbour Ward is reduced (because of expansion of the Central General Ward)
  • the current Western Ward is reduced (because of expansion of the Central General Ward)


Costs

Adding an extra councillor in Lower Hutt, as proposed, won't affect rates or council budgets. The Remuneration Authority sets out the total pool of money available for all councils in New Zealand to pay its councillors (this is based on the assessed size of the council governance role). This means the overall pool of money stays the same and Council would need to reallocate the existing funds to accommodate an additional councillor.


Te Awa Kairangi ki Tai Lower Hutt Electoral Population

According to information available to Councils from Statistics New Zealand, our total Electoral Population is 114,000; General Electoral Population - 101,300 and Māori Electoral Population - 12,700.


Further information

On this page you’ll find the following supporting information:

  • Maps of proposed ward boundaries
  • FAQs to help you with any queries you may have
  • A full copy of the proposal prepared by the panel


Have your say

Below is a Feedback Form where you can share your thoughts on the initial proposal.

You can also email us at haveyoursay@huttcity.govt.nz, or find a paper survey at a local Neighbourhood Hub.

Drop-in sessions are scheduled at a range of Neighbourhood Hubs where you can ask questions and discuss the proposal - find dates and times on this page.


Consultation opens Monday 1 July and closes midnight Thursday 1 August.

  • What is good representation?

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    Legislation requires there to be fair and effective representation for individuals and communities when it comes to electing the mayor and councillors for an area.

    Fair representation is about each councillor representing an approximately equal number of people.

    Effective representation is about the total number of councillors there are in relation to things like the size and geography of the area and the diversity of its people. Being effective can be considered, for example, in terms of how easy access is to your local councillor or councillors and how well councillors are able to represent the diverse range of people and interests in their area.

  • Number of councillors

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    There may be between 5 and 29 councillors, as well as one mayor

    Hutt City Council has 12 councillors, this is on a par with councils of a similar sized population

    The final number of councillors will reflect a balance of:

    • effective representation, including the size of the city and its geography, and
    • fair representation, so that each councillor represents approximately the same number of people
  • Options for the election of councillors

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    City Wide (or at-large)

    All voters in the city vote for all councillors to represent the city as a whole

    Pros and cons of ‘at-large’ representation systems include:

    • good for relatively small compact cities and where the population is similar in its characteristics

    • but can still be good for other cities if they have, for example, community boards

    • good for effectively representing communities of interest that are spread across the whole city, such as particular ethnic groups or interests such as disabled people

    • but the effort and cost required for candidates to campaign for election across the whole city may be a barrier

    • allows all voters to vote for all candidates standing for election

    • but is likely to result in a longer list of candidates which may discourage voters from voting

    • encourages councillors to take more of a city-wide view in their decision-making and is in line with the declaration councillors are required to make, when they are elected, to act in the interests of the city as a whole

    • but council decision-making may risk not taking more local concerns and interests into account


    Wards

    • voters in defined local areas (called wards) vote for councillors to represent that area or ward

    Pros and cons of a full ward system of representation include:

    • ensures representation for local areas

    • but may encourage more focus on local issues in council decision-making at the expense of city-wide ones

    • having locally elected councillors is likely to encourage more participation locally

    • but this participation will need to be balanced by consideration of city-wide interests

    • easier and cheaper for more candidates to stand for election to council

    • but more difficult for candidates representing city-wide interests, such as disabled people, to be elected

    • voters have a shorter list of candidates to consider and choose from at elections

    • but voters have less choice in who will represent them

    • councillors are easier to get in touch with locally and it is easier for residents to hold them accountable

    • but may encourage councillors to take a narrower, more local view in their decision-making rather than a city-wide view


    Mixed At-Large & Ward system

    • voters vote for some councillors to represent the city as a whole and for some councillors to represent their local area or ward (i.e. a mix of the other two options)

    • the mixed ‘at-large’ and ward system of representation can be a way to balance the various pros and cons of both the ‘at-large’ system and the ward system


    The majority of councils around Aotearoa New Zealand have a full ward system of representation

    • 53 out of 67 councils use the full ward system

    • 8 councils are elected 'at-large'

    • 6 councils are elected with a mix of 'at-large' and wards, including Hutt City Council


    The decision on which system to chose needs to reflect the communities in the city and in particular if these are city-wide or more local in nature.

  • Community Boards

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    Community boards are elected at the same time as the council. Their main role is to represent and speak on behalf of their community. They may also have some decision-making responsibilities for local services. At the moment, we have community boards in Eastbourne, Petone and Wainuiomata. As an important part of a representation review, communities need to be aware of the nature and role of community boards, including the potential for them to have significant local decision-making responsibilities if given these by the council.

    • three community boards were established in Eastbourne, Petone and Wainuiomata when these areas were added to the city in 1989 as part of the local government reforms at the time
    • 39 out of 66 councils across Aotearoa New Zealand have one or more community boards in their area, including Hutt City Council

    • of the 39 councils with community boards, 11 have boards covering the whole city or district

    • community boards may have between 4 and 12 members in total

    • the board members are elected at the same time as councillors every three years

    • community board members are paid at a rate determined by the Remuneration Authority largely based on the population of the community board area

    • Hutt City Council has given these decision-making responsibilities to its three community boards:

      1. naming of streets, parks and reserves in their area

      2. removal and planting of street trees

      3. granting of leases and licences for occupying council property including recreation reserves

      4. allocation of funding from council approved budgets

      5. funding for training and development of community board members

    (some councils have given their community boards more significant decision-making responsibilities than Hutt City Council)

    • potential benefits of community boards need to be weighed against their costs including the remuneration of board members and administrative support by the Council

    • the effectiveness of community boards can be measured, in part at least, in relation to the powers and resources they have been given by the Council

    • when considering the option of having community boards we need to look at fair and effective representation along with:

      1. the possibility the area may not be well represented on council due to its low population, low councillor numbers and/or absence of wards

      2. the distinctiveness of the community concerned and the strength of a sense of identity within the community

      3. difficulty with physical access to councillors, council offices and staff

      4. the council is seeking to establish structures to allow council decision-making to take place closer to the people affected by particular council decisions

Page last updated: 11 Jul 2024, 10:16 AM