Representation Review Survey

Every six years we carry out a ‘representation review’ that looks at the make-up of our council, for example how should people be represented in their community, and what are the major communities of interest.

You can help us determine whether our representation structure reflects the interests of our community, or whether we need to make some changes by clicking the link below to complete a short survey - everyone who completes the survey will go in the draw to win a $200 MTA voucher (terms and conditions apply)

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Further information about the representation review

About the Review

Under the Local Electoral Act 2001, all councils have to review their representation arrangements at least once every six years, this is called a ‘Representation Review’.

Council last reviewed its representation arrangements in 2012, so must now complete a review in time for the 2019 local elections.

Prior to undertaking the representation review, the Council has undertaken two related processes:

  • reviewed the electoral system to be used; and
  • considered whether to establish a Māori Ward for Matamata-Piako District.


Electoral Systems

On 9 August 2017, Council considered a report on the two electoral systems available for local government elections (First Past the Post and Single Transferable Voting). Under First Past the Post the candidate/s with the most votes wins. Single Transferable Vote is where voters rank candidates in order of preference.

Council has decided to retain the First Past the Post voting system for the next two elections.

A public notice outlining Council's decision and advising electors of their right to demand a poll was placed in the Piako Post and Matamata Chronicle newspapers.


Maaori Wards

Council is not planning to introduce a Maaori Ward for the 2019 elections but is working to improve engagement with iwi in other ways, and may consider a Maaori Ward for the 2022 election.

If a Maaori Ward was created the district would likely have one Maaori Ward Councillor covering the whole district. This is worked out on a formula set by law.

The public can demand a poll be held at any time on this issue (approx. 1100 electors would need to sign the poll demand).


Representation Review 2018

During the Representation Review 2018, Council has to decide:

  1. the number of elected members (councillors)
  2. how these councillors are elected, i.e.
    • by electors of the district as a whole; or
    • by the electors of wards (current system); or
    • a combination of both.

If Council decides to elect members by wards, it must decide:

  • the number of wards; and
  • the ward boundaries; and
  • the names of those wards.

Council also has to decide whether to have community boards, and if so:

  • how many; and
  • their boundaries and membership; and
  • whether to subdivide a community for electoral purposes.

Council disestablished community boards in 2013, because we believed that our Councillors are readily accessible to the community, advocate on local issues for their wards. However, we are required to reassess every six years whether we need community boards to ensure our community is fairly represented.


Fair and effective representation

The first step in the representation review process is for Council to identify the “communities of interest” within the Matamata-Piako District. Communities of interest are the places where people associate with for example Te Aroha, Morrinsville, Matamata or rural.

Our representation arrangements must provide fair and effective representation for those communities of interest.

Currently we break the district up into three wards for voting and representation purposes. At the moment there are three Councillors for the Te Aroha Ward, four for the Matamata Ward and four for the Morrinsville ward. The Mayor is elected at large (from across the whole district).

Legislation requires that each councillor should represent roughly the same number of people (for each ward the ratio of representatives to population of the wards must be within plus or minus 10% of the population divided by the total number of elected members excluding the Mayor).

The table below shows the estimated population of each ward areas and how many people each Councillor represents:

 Ward Population  Elected Members Population per member
Morrinsville  12,450  4  3113
Te Aroha  8,110  3  2703
Matamata  13,550  4  3388
Total 34,110 11 3101

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