The ratio of people to elected member in a ward should not vary from the average across the whole of Auckland by more than 10 per cent. This is to ensure "fair and effective representation for individuals and communities".
This means, for example, if a city had one million people living in it, split into 10 wards with an elected member each, each ward should have roughly 100,000 people living in it. That population is allowed to go as low as 90,000 or as high as 110,000.
If the population went above or below those guidelines, the council for that city would not comply with the Local Electoral Act 2001.
The only ways a council is allowed to be non-compliant is if altering a ward's boundaries would split communities of interest, join together disparate communities, or if island or isolated communities are involved.
Waitematā and Gulf Ward boundary changes and effects on neighbouring wards
Auckland currently has 13 wards; Albany, Albert-Eden-Roskill, Franklin, Howick, Manukau, Manurewa-Papakura, Maungakiekie-Tāmaki, North Shore, Ōrākei, Rodney, Waitākere, Waitematā and Gulf, and Whau.
A review of each ward's population showed four did not comply with the 10 per cent guideline: Manurewa-Papakura, Ōrākei, Rodney, and Waitematā and Gulf.
Downloadable PDF maps are available below.
The Waitematā and Gulf Ward population differs from the average per member by 43 per cent.
In order for it to comply with the 10 per cent rule, it is proposed to:
- move the communities of Parnell and Newmarket from Waitematā and Gulf Ward to the Ōrākei Ward
- move part of Ellerslie and the community between College Road and the Glen Innes Railway Station from Ōrākei to the Maungakiekie-Tāmaki Ward
- move the communities of Westmere, west of Surrey Crescent and Eden Terrace from Waitematā and Gulf Ward to the Albert-Eden-Roskill
- move small areas of Onehunga and Royal Oak to become part of the Albert-Eden-Roskill Ward
- extended the Whau Ward's eastern boundary to encompass a small area of Mount Roskill that was previously in the Albert-Eden-Roskill Ward.
Proposed Waitemata and Gulf Ward boundary changes - Interactive map