Representation Review

The representation arrangements for the 2019 election.

At its meeting on 23 August 2018 the Council resolved its representation review proposal for the election in 2019 will be a 14 member Council elected from 7 constituencies, as outlined in the table and diagram below.

Environment Canterbury has promoted a Local Bill, the Canterbury Regional Council (Ngāi Tahu Representation) Bill, which, if passed, would increase the number of councillors to 16.

More information about the arrangements (the Council report and maps from the meeting held on 23 August) can be found in the important documents section on the right.

Constituencies
Members
North Canterbury-Ōpukepuke
2
Mid-Canterbury-Ōpākihi
2
South Canterbury-Ōtuhituhi
2
Christchurch North East-Ōrei
2
Christchurch West-Ōpuna
2
Christchurch Central-Ōhoko
2
Christchurch South-Ōwhanga
2
Total14


Because 4 of the constituencies do not comply with section 19V(2) of the Local Electoral Act 2001 (the LEA), the final proposal must be treated as an appeal and referred to the Local Government Commission following the appeal/objection period which is from 29 August to 1 October 2018.

Appeals and objections

A total of 194 objections and 5 appeals were received. These will be forwarded to the Local Government Commission who will consider the appeals and objections and then make a decision on what ECan's representation arrangements will be for the 2019 election. The Local Government Commission must make its determination before 11 April 2019.


The representation arrangements for the 2019 election.

At its meeting on 23 August 2018 the Council resolved its representation review proposal for the election in 2019 will be a 14 member Council elected from 7 constituencies, as outlined in the table and diagram below.

Environment Canterbury has promoted a Local Bill, the Canterbury Regional Council (Ngāi Tahu Representation) Bill, which, if passed, would increase the number of councillors to 16.

More information about the arrangements (the Council report and maps from the meeting held on 23 August) can be found in the important documents section on the right.

Constituencies
Members
North Canterbury-Ōpukepuke
2
Mid-Canterbury-Ōpākihi
2
South Canterbury-Ōtuhituhi
2
Christchurch North East-Ōrei
2
Christchurch West-Ōpuna
2
Christchurch Central-Ōhoko
2
Christchurch South-Ōwhanga
2
Total14


Because 4 of the constituencies do not comply with section 19V(2) of the Local Electoral Act 2001 (the LEA), the final proposal must be treated as an appeal and referred to the Local Government Commission following the appeal/objection period which is from 29 August to 1 October 2018.

Appeals and objections

A total of 194 objections and 5 appeals were received. These will be forwarded to the Local Government Commission who will consider the appeals and objections and then make a decision on what ECan's representation arrangements will be for the 2019 election. The Local Government Commission must make its determination before 11 April 2019.


  • Representation appeals and objections

    about 1 month ago
    Representation appeals and objections

    The proposal, plus the submissions, appeals and objections are now with the Local Government Commission to make a decision. You can find all the appeals and objections here.
    Representation appeals and objections

    The proposal, plus the submissions, appeals and objections are now with the Local Government Commission to make a decision. You can find all the appeals and objections here.
  • Proposed South Canterbury representation doubled through deliberations

    4 months ago
    Tile rep review

    At a public meeting yesterday the Environment Canterbury Council advised the Chief Executive that they would like to amend their initial proposal for representation as a result of submissions received.

    Chairman Steve Lowndes confirmed the changes through a show of hands from his Council: “We received 64 submissions on our initial proposal, with 27 of those in support of what we had put forward. We did however also hear 20 strong submissions requesting that we consider an additional representative for South Canterbury-Ōtuhituhi.

    “The discussion was robust around the Council table, as it was during the development of the initial proposal,...

    At a public meeting yesterday the Environment Canterbury Council advised the Chief Executive that they would like to amend their initial proposal for representation as a result of submissions received.

    Chairman Steve Lowndes confirmed the changes through a show of hands from his Council: “We received 64 submissions on our initial proposal, with 27 of those in support of what we had put forward. We did however also hear 20 strong submissions requesting that we consider an additional representative for South Canterbury-Ōtuhituhi.

    “The discussion was robust around the Council table, as it was during the development of the initial proposal, but in the end the decision was unanimous to increase the number of representatives in the south from one to two, taking the total number to 14.

    “We are thankful to all those who submitted for the time taken to make their submission and, for those who attended the hearings, for travelling to our offices in Christchurch.”

    In addition to the increased southern representation, the initial proposal will also be amended by changing the name of the Christchurch North constituency to Christchurch North East.

    Council meeting to take place on 23 August

    A final proposal will now be prepared for adoption at the Council meeting on 23 August. Following that meeting, the proposal will be sent to the Local Government Commission for determination in preparation for the 2019 elections.

    Under the Local Electoral Act 2001, every local authority is required to undertake a representation review at least once every six years. In the case of Environment Canterbury, the Environment Canterbury (Transitional Governance Arrangements) Act 2016 requires the council to review its representation arrangements before the next local authority election in 2019.

    Under the current arrangements, Environment Canterbury has a Council made up of 13 members: seven were elected in the 2016 elections, and six were appointed at that time by the Government.

    To undertake the review of community representation on the Council, ie how many councillors can be elected and from which geographical areas, Council considered communities of interest, population distribution and the other local authorities’ boundaries, as well as the issues facing the region and the work the council undertakes. The Local Electoral Act 2001 provides the guidance for the review.

    A local bill is being pursued with Ngāi Tahu for mana whenua representation to continue on the Environment Canterbury Council.


  • What is a representation review?

    6 months ago

    When a local government council is elected, voters are given a number of candidates you can vote for to represent you on that council. How many councillors for each geographical area, and what the boundaries of those areas are, is determined by the council under guidelines set out in the Local Electoral Act 2001.

    Before elections, the Council reviews the representation arrangements for the number of electoral constituencies, their boundaries, names, and number of members. This is known as a ‘representation review’.

    The Local Electoral Act 2001 (LEA) sets the parameters within which the representation review process must be undertaken.

    ...

    When a local government council is elected, voters are given a number of candidates you can vote for to represent you on that council. How many councillors for each geographical area, and what the boundaries of those areas are, is determined by the council under guidelines set out in the Local Electoral Act 2001.

    Before elections, the Council reviews the representation arrangements for the number of electoral constituencies, their boundaries, names, and number of members. This is known as a ‘representation review’.

    The Local Electoral Act 2001 (LEA) sets the parameters within which the representation review process must be undertaken.

    The membership to any regional council cannot be less than six nor more than 14 councillors.

    Find out more information about the Representation Review Process here:



  • Why are we doing it?

    6 months ago

    Environment Canterbury is currently represented by seven elected councillors and five government appointed councillors. These arrangements were made to transition Environment Canterbury to a fully-elected council.

    Under the Environment Canterbury (Transitional Governance Arrangements) Act 2016 Council must complete a representation review for the 2019 elections, and return ECan to a fully democratically elected Council.

    Environment Canterbury is currently represented by seven elected councillors and five government appointed councillors. These arrangements were made to transition Environment Canterbury to a fully-elected council.

    Under the Environment Canterbury (Transitional Governance Arrangements) Act 2016 Council must complete a representation review for the 2019 elections, and return ECan to a fully democratically elected Council.
  • What is being proposed?

    6 months ago
    Councillors per constituency 667px

    Council explored a number of representation options available to it under the Local Electoral Act 2001, and ended up supporting an initial proposal for a 13-member council elected from 7 constituencies.

    The proposal seeks to maintain the 3 Canterbury constituencies we have now of North, Mid and South Canterbury and allocate Christchurch City into 4 constituencies of North, West, Central and South Christchurch (see map below).

    Council also supports dual English / Maori names for each constituency (the English name first followed by the Maori name in brackets).

    The following proposed Maori names have been developed in consultation with Te...

    Council explored a number of representation options available to it under the Local Electoral Act 2001, and ended up supporting an initial proposal for a 13-member council elected from 7 constituencies.

    The proposal seeks to maintain the 3 Canterbury constituencies we have now of North, Mid and South Canterbury and allocate Christchurch City into 4 constituencies of North, West, Central and South Christchurch (see map below).

    Council also supports dual English / Maori names for each constituency (the English name first followed by the Maori name in brackets).

    The following proposed Maori names have been developed in consultation with Te Rūnanga o Ngai Tahu and Papatipu Rūnanga.

    • North Canterbury-Ōpukepuke (of rolling hills)

    • Mid-Canterbury-Ōpākihi (of plains)

    • South Canterbury-Ōtuhituhi (of rock drawings)

    • Christchurch North-Ōrei (of wetlands)

    • Christchurch West-Ōpuna (of springs)

    • Christchurch Central- Ōhoko (of trading)

    • Christchurch South-Ōwhanga (of bays, inlets, harbours)
    Proposed number of councillors per constituency

    In the proposal all the boundaries align with territorial authority and city ward boundaries, and the membership make up from the total of 13 members is that each constituency will comprise 2 members each (except for South Canterbury that has 1 member).



  • How the proposal was developed

    6 months ago

    As Council worked through various options, it was mindful of the requirements of the Local Electoral Act to have regard to fair and effective representation which determines “as far as practicable constituency boundaries coincide with territorial authority or ward boundaries” and that “the ratio of population for each constituency falls within +/-10% of the average population per member”.

    What this means is that each councillor should represent the same number of citizens within a threshold of +/-10% of the region average population.

    Like most regional councils’, Environment Canterbury is faced with the challenge of applying the Local Electoral Act population...

    As Council worked through various options, it was mindful of the requirements of the Local Electoral Act to have regard to fair and effective representation which determines “as far as practicable constituency boundaries coincide with territorial authority or ward boundaries” and that “the ratio of population for each constituency falls within +/-10% of the average population per member”.

    What this means is that each councillor should represent the same number of citizens within a threshold of +/-10% of the region average population.

    Like most regional councils’, Environment Canterbury is faced with the challenge of applying the Local Electoral Act population rules across a geographically large region that includes sizable rural areas with small populations.

    Whilst the proposal clearly aligns with territorial authority and ward boundaries, we end up with 3 constituencies that don’t fall within the +/-10% rule (North and South Canterbury and Christchurch South) however Council believes the degree of non-compliance in these 3 areas would not unreasonably compromise fair and effective representation in Canterbury and we have done this to align with communities of interest.

    Should Council end up deciding on a representation proposal that doesn’t comply with the Local Electoral Act, it must be refer it to the Local Government Commission for determination.
  • What about Maori representation?

    6 months ago

    Since 2011 ECan has enjoyed the value and benefit of having 2 Ngai Tahu representatives at the council table. Prior to developing the representation options, Council considered how the review could support continued Maori representation at ECan.

    The Local Electoral Act provides for councils to establish Maori constituencies if they so choose, however, our investigations concluded that applying the Local Electoral Act for Maori representation would result in a single member Maori constituency with a representative that need not be Ngai Tahu.

    This is because any eligible elector can stand as a candidate in a Maori constituency and therefore Ngai...

    Since 2011 ECan has enjoyed the value and benefit of having 2 Ngai Tahu representatives at the council table. Prior to developing the representation options, Council considered how the review could support continued Maori representation at ECan.

    The Local Electoral Act provides for councils to establish Maori constituencies if they so choose, however, our investigations concluded that applying the Local Electoral Act for Maori representation would result in a single member Maori constituency with a representative that need not be Ngai Tahu.

    This is because any eligible elector can stand as a candidate in a Maori constituency and therefore Ngai Tahu - the tribal authority and mana whenua in Canterbury - would not be guaranteed a seat at the council table.

    We therefore confirmed our position that Maori constituencies are not appropriate for the Canterbury rohe and this view is shared by Te Rūnanga o Ngai Tahu who support Council’s decision to not establish Maori constituencies.

    Council has agreed to work with Ngai Tahu to seek further discussion with Government on how to continue with the current Maori representation model that ensures mana whenua is represented.
  • Ways to have your say

    6 months ago

    Anyone can make a submission on the Representation Review. Submissions open on Thursday 28 June and close Monday 30 July.

    Submissions can be made online. You can also download a submission form and submit it either by mail to:

    Freepost 1201
    PO Box 345
    Christchurch 8140

    or drop your submission form in at the offices of Environment Canterbury.

    - 200 Tuam Street, Christchurch
    - 75 Church Street, Timaru
    - 96 West End, Level 2, Kaikoura

    A hearing will be held during the week of 13 - 17 August 2018, and Council will make a decision on its final proposal on...

    Anyone can make a submission on the Representation Review. Submissions open on Thursday 28 June and close Monday 30 July.

    Submissions can be made online. You can also download a submission form and submit it either by mail to:

    Freepost 1201
    PO Box 345
    Christchurch 8140

    or drop your submission form in at the offices of Environment Canterbury.

    - 200 Tuam Street, Christchurch
    - 75 Church Street, Timaru
    - 96 West End, Level 2, Kaikoura

    A hearing will be held during the week of 13 - 17 August 2018, and Council will make a decision on its final proposal on 23 August 2018.