Representation review for the 2019 and 2022 Wellington City Council elections

We would like your feedback on our proposal to make changes to ward boundaries and to make ward names bilingual for the local body elections in 2019 and 2022.

Status Open
Start date 4 April 2018
Closing date 5.00p.m., 4 May 2018
Brooklyn, Wellington.

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What we are proposing and why

Under the Local Electoral Act (the Act), the Council has to review its arrangements for elections every six years.

We last reviewed them in 2012 for the 2013 and 2016 elections so we must carry out another review before the 2019 elections.

Proposed changes to community board and ward boundaries

Our current arrangements no longer meet the Act's criteria for fair representation. These rules say each councillor must represent roughly the same number of people. 

At the moment the Eastern and Lambton wards do not meet that criteria. The Eastern Ward has too few people for the number of councillors it has, and the Lambton Ward has too few councillors for the number of people living in the ward.

Another issue is Brooklyn is split between the existing Southern and Lambton wards.

So we are proposing to make changes to the following  community board and ward boundaries:

Change 1: Makara / Ohariu Community Board boundary

This change to the boundary of the Makara / Ohariu Community Board will mean the parts of Brooklyn and Owhiro Bay that are currently covered by the Board will no longer be covered. The reason for the change is to make the Board's boundary the same as the proposed boundary between the Onslow-Western and Southern wards at the point where these wards intersect with the Board. 

The change affects people living in parts of Brooklyn and parts of Owhiro Bay.

Change 2: Onslow-Western Ward and Southern Ward boundary

This change to the boundary between the Onslow-Western Ward and the Southern Ward will mean some areas which have been part of the Onslow-Western Ward will become part of the Southern Ward. The purpose of the change is to:

  • help bring the Southern Ward into alignment with other wards in terms of population to councillor ratio
  • put all of Brooklyn into one ward.

The change affects people living in the relevant part of Brooklyn.

Change 3: Lambton Ward and Southern Ward boundary

This change to part of the boundary between the Lambton Ward and the Southern Ward will mean some areas which have been part of the Lambton Ward will become part of the Southern Ward. The purpose of the change is to:

  • bring both the Southern and Lambton wards into alignment with other wards in terms of population to councillor ratio
  • put all of Brooklyn into one ward.

The change affects people living in the relevant part of Brooklyn.

Change 4: Eastern Ward and Southern Ward boundary

This change to part of the boundary between the Eastern Ward and the Southern Ward will mean some areas which have been part of the Southern Ward will become part of the Eastern Ward. The purpose of the change is to bring the Eastern and Southern wards into alignment with other wards in terms of population to councillor ratio. 

The change affects people living in Southgate.

Change 5: Onslow-Western Ward and Northern Ward boundary 

This change moves a small piece of uninhabited council-owned land that is currently in the Onslow-Western Ward into the Northern Ward. The purpose of the change is to bring the whole of the Ohariu suburb into one ward.

This change does not affect anyone.

Proposed bilingual ward names

Recent research shows people are interested in having te reo Māori names for the wards that would sit alongside the English names.

The proposed te reo Māori ward names were chosen after consultation with local iwi and use the following principles:

  • The names should be from Wellington's history. 
  • The names should recognise a prominent feature within the relevant ward.

The chosen names for each ward are:

  • Motukairangi for Eastern ward
  • Paekawakawa for Southern ward
  • Pukehīnau for Lambton ward
  • Takapū for Northern ward
  • Wharangi for Onslow-Western ward 

For details on the process for choosing the names, the meaning of the names and why they were chosen, see Bilingual naming of Wellington City Council wards.

Community boards

The proposal maintains the current community board arrangements, with the exception of a change to the Makara / Ohariu Community Board boundary. It does not propose to establish any new community boards.

Proposal documents

Maps

The maps show the current boundaries in green and the proposed new boundaries in red. The five areas where changes are proposed are shaded in yellow.

To see whether your house is affected by the proposed ward changes, see this interactive map:  Wellington Local Body Election Map

  • Click on the Contents button to filter and view the differences between the current and proposed boundaries. 
  • Enter your address in the search field in the top right to see where your house sits on the map.
  • Use your mouse or click on the minus button to zoom out to see the wider area. 

Further copies of documents

Alternatively, from Friday 6 April 2018, the documents are available:

Public meeting

Councillors and Council staff will hold a public meeting to explain more about the review and answer questions:

  • 6.30pm–8pm, Monday 16 April 2018

This meeting will be held at the Brooklyn Community Hall, 12 - 18 Harrison Street, Brooklyn.

Submissions

To give the Council your submission, read the proposal documents above and complete the submission form below. 

The deadline for submissions is 5pm on Friday 4 May 2018.

The submission form is also available in a printable version which you can post:

Printable Submission Form (99KB PDF)