After hearing appeals and considering the various matters raised against the final representation proposal of the Northland Regional Council, the Local Government Commission has released its determination.
Find the determination and a map of the final constituencies.
The Commission was represented by Chair Basil Morrison and Commissioners Anne Carter and Grant Kirby.
2012 Representation Arrangements Review
Over recent months, the council has been undertaking a representation review. This review has looked at the way in which the community selects its representatives – your regional councillors. Public submissions on the council’s initial proposal closed at 4pm Monday, 1 October 2012.
During a review, consideration is given to how many councillors there need to be on the regional council, where the boundaries are for the areas (or constituencies) each councillor will be elected from, how many councillors will be elected from each constituency and what the names of these constituencies will be.
Any changes made as a result of this review will apply to the next local authority election in October 2013.
Following the consideration of all submissions on the initial proposal, the council amended the initial proposal which was then adopted at a special council meeting on 30 October 2012 as the final proposal. The final proposal is to divide the Northland region into seven constituencies to be represented by nine regional councillors.
(Click on the map to view a larger version in pdf format - 451KB)
You can view a summary of the submissions received on the initial proposal along with an explanation of why various submissions were accepted or rejected and what changes were made and subsequently reflected in the final proposal.
Final proposal summary document (121KB)
The map below shows the differences between the initial proposal and the final proposal.
(Click on the map to view a larger version in pdf format - 314KB)
What happens next?
The final proposal was publicly notified on 10 November 2012. There was a one month public objection/appeal period from 10 November to 10 December 2012. The appeal and objections period has now closed.
The council received objections and appeals during the public period, so a range of information was sent to the Local Government Commission which will determine the representation arrangements for the October 2013 elections by 10 April 2013.
The Commission will hear appeals against the final representation proposal on Tuesday, 5 February 2013.
Agendas and initial proposal submissions
A special meeting of council was held on 30 October 2012 to adopt the final proposal.
Find the 30 October special council meeting agenda in our online resource library
The submissions to the initial proposal and agenda for the hearings are available for download below. Due to the size of the submission files, they have been split into volumes and parts:
Agenda for the 17 October hearings in Whāngārei and Kaikohe (641KB)
Representation Review submissions - Volume 1 (part 1) (1MB)
Representation Review submissions - Volume 1 (part 2) (794KB)
Representation Review submissions - Volume 2 (part 1) (1.43MB)
Representation Review submissions - Volume 2 (part 2) (765KB)
Want to know more?
If you would like to find out more about the representation review proposal, the following materials may be of interest to you.
2012 Representation Review Final Proposal
This document outlines the final proposal that was adopted at the special council meeting on 30 October 2012.
2012 Representation Review Final Proposal (623KB)
Resolutions of the 30 October special council meeting
The resolutions detailing changes made to the initial proposal.
Resolutions of the 30 October Special Council Meeting (644KB)
2012 Representation Review Initial Proposal
This document outlines the full proposal that was adopted at the council meeting on 21 August 2012.
Representation Review Initial Proposal (900KB)
August council meeting agenda item and resolution
View the report to council and the resolution passed on 21 August 2012 to propose these new representation arrangements.
August council meeting agenda item and resolution (654KB)
Public notice of the final proposal
The council is required under section 19M of the Local Electoral Act 2001 to give public notice of its final proposal within 14 days of the council resolution to adopt the proposal.
Public notice of the final proposal (472KB)
Council press releases
Press releases issued by the council on the 2012 Representation Arrangements Review are in the News section on our website.
Detailed maps and profiles of the proposed new constituencies
Download more detailed maps of each of the proposed eight new constituencies, plus view a high level profile of each area to gain an understanding of Northland’s distinct regional communities of interest.
Final Proposed Te Hiku Constituency (324KB)
Final Proposed Hokianga - Kaikohe constituency (462KB)
Final Proposed Coastal North constituency (431KB)
Final Proposed Hikurangi - Coastal Central constituency (410KB)
Final Proposed Whāngārei Urban constituency (542KB)
Final Proposed Coastal South constituency (410KB)
Final Proposed Kaipara constituency (466KB)
The draft maps are available for viewing in GIS
View the draft maps in GIS
To view the maps, you will need to have a product called Silverlight on your computer. When you click on the "View draft maps in GIS" link above, you will be prompted to download Silverlight. (Note: The Silverlight file is 6MB).
You can get more information about this product when you visit our Online Maps page.
Download a step by step guide to finding your way around the maps (1MB)
Frequently asked questions (FAQs)
Here are some answers to the common questions people might have about this representation review.
Frequently Asked Questions (FAQs) - Representation Review (321KB)