How wards and local boards are arranged
When looking at representation arrangements, we must ensure that the residents of any wards or local boards and their subdivisions receive fair representation.
This relates to the population of each ward and subdivision compared to the number of elected representatives.
The ratio should be no more than 10 per cent greater or smaller than the average.
Election on a ward basis for members of the Governing Body and on a subdivision basis for local boards ensures there is an even spread of members from throughout the city, preventing a majority being elected from within the same area.
We may propose a scheme that does not comply with the ratio required for fair representation in certain circumstances, including where:
- non-compliance is needed to ensure effective representation of communities of interest within island or isolated communities
- compliance would limit effective representation of communities of interest within the district, for example the rural wards of Rodney and Franklin.
How often we review ward boundaries
We are required to review ward boundaries every six years to ensure fair and effective representation.
As a result, we may change ward boundaries to reflect any significant changes in population to achieve a fair ratio of how many elected members represent their respective communities.
What local boards do
Within each ward boundary, you can find anywhere between one and three local boards. In some circumstances there are subdivisions within a local board to ensure there is an even spread of elected members from throughout the area.
Local boards are accountable to the community for their allocated and statutory decision-making.
Local boards make decisions on:
- local matters
provide local leadership
- enable strong local communities.
They also provide input into regional:
A full list of our wards and local boards