Final proposed electoral boundaries and representation for 2019 elections
Councils throughout New Zealand must review their electoral representation arrangements at least every six years. The review includes names of wards and local boards, ward boundaries, the number of elected local board members, and more.
The review must also examine whether the ratio of population to elected members in a ward varies by more than ten per cent from the Auckland average. The council has the ability to not comply with this requirement if doing so would split communities of interest or join dis-similar communities.
The review and the above exemption are all part of the Local Electoral Act 2001.
2018 review and proposed changes
Auckland Council reviewed its representation arrangements on 26 July 2018 and notified its initial proposals. The four initial proposals were:
- changes to the Waitematā and Gulf Ward boundaries to reduce the population within it. The ward currently differs from the average Auckland ward population by 43 per cent
- splitting the Manukau Ward into two parts along the existing boundary between the Māngere-Ōtāhuhu and Ōtara-Papatoetoe local boards
- minor changes to the Rodney Ward subdivision boundaries to better recognise similar communities of interest
renaming the Great Barrier Local Board following the iwi settlement with Ngāti Rehua – Ngātiwai ki Aotea. The proposed new name is Aotea Great Barrier Local Board.
The initial proposal can be found on the consultation documents page.
Submissions on initial proposals
The council's Joint Governance Working Party heard and considered the submissions. You can view the report to the Governing Body that contains the recommendations of the working party below.
As a result of submissions, the council has amended its initial proposals. The council resolved its final proposal on 18 October 2018. Its resolution can also be viewed below, as can the 23 October 2018 public notice.
Amendments to the initial proposals
The council has amended its initial proposal as follows:
- to avoid splitting the Grey Lynn community of interest, the western boundary of the Waitematā and Gulf ward will not now be changed. The community of Grafton will be added to Parnell and Newmarket and be moved into the Ōrākei ward. There will not be a change to the Whau ward boundaries
- the Manukau ward will not be split into two smaller wards
- the change in subdivision boundaries in the Rodney Local Board has been amended so the northern boundary of the Kumeū ward will extend further north and the southern boundary of the Wellsford ward will not extend as far south as proposed
- the name of the Albert-Eden-Roskill ward will become Albert-Eden-Puketāpapa ward
All other initial proposals have been accepted and will be put in place for 2019 Auckland local government elections.
Ward boundary changes overview