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Help us decide how many councillors and community board members there are, how they’re elected, and what communities they represent.
We’re reviewing our representation arrangements, such as ward boundaries and the make-up and
naming of our community boards, to ensure we’re providing fair and effective representation for our communities. Everyone should have equitable access to their local councillor or community
The Local Electoral Act 2001 requires each ward to represent a similar amount of people, with no more than +/- 10 per cent difference between them.
Our initial proposal is to:
You can download the full proposal [PDF, 4.4 MB] for more detail.
Due to growth in some of our suburbs, we’re required to adjust some of the existing ward boundaries to ensure we meet the fair representation requirements. Ward boundaries must use whole ‘meshblock’ areas as defined by Stats NZ, so small amendments may not always be possible. The proposed boundaries of each ward are shown in this map(external link).
We held drop-in sessions on Tuesday 23 March and Wednesday 31 March.
Missed these meetings?
If there is a community meeting you would like us to attend, please let us know. You can also phone any time to speak with us directly about the project. Tessa Zant, Senior Engagement Advisor, 03 941 8935.
The population that each Council member will represent must be within +/- 10 per cent, but there can be exceptions for considerations about communities of interest. For example, the population of the Banks Peninsula ward falls outside the range, but the Council considers that as a geographically isolated community with distinct communities of interest, Banks Peninsula warrants its own ward. See the table below.
It is proposed that six community boards be elected. Five urban community boards with six members, two from each ward. Each urban community board will also have three councillors, one from each ward, making a total of nine members.
Te Pātaka o Rākaihāutu/Banks Peninsula Community Board will have seven members. The councillor elected from the Banks Peninsula ward will also be appointed to the community board, making a total of eight members. The population that community board members of each subdivision/ward will represent is shown below:
|Community Board||Ward / subdivision||Population||Community
|Councillors||Population per councillor||+/- %|
|Waitai/ Coastal-Burwood-Linwood Community Board||Burwood||25,380||2||77,040||12,840||1||
|Waipuna/Hornby-Halswell-Riccarton Community Board||Halswell||22,970||2||75,710||12,618||1||22,970||-7|
|Waipapa/Papanui-Innes-Central Community Board||Central||23,260||2||75,520||12,587||1||23,260||-6|
|Waihoro/Spreydon-Cashmere-Heathcote Community Board||Cashmere||26,700||2||77,250||8 12,875||1||26,700||8|
Te Pātaka o Rākaihautū/Banks Peninsula Community Board
The 16 wards reflect the following identified communities. Communities of interest that occur in more than one ward are marked in bold.
||Communities of interest|
||Akaroa, Barrys Bay, Birdlings Flat, Diamond Harbour, Duvauchelle, French Farm, Gebbies Valley,
Governors Bay, Little River, Lyttelton, Port Levy, Purau, Rapaki, Takamatua, Wainui
||Aranui, Avondale, Avonside, Bexley, Bottle Lake, Burwood, Dallington, Marshland, Parklands,
Richmond, Shirley, Wainoni
|Cashmere||Beckenham, Cashmere, Cracroft, Hillsborough, Huntsbury, Kennedys Bush, Lansdowne, St Martins,
Somerfield, Sydenham, Westmorland
|Christchurch Central, Edgeware, Linwood, Merivale, Phillipstown, Richmond, St Albans|
||Bexley, Bottle Lake, Brooklands, Kaianga, Marshland, New Brighton, North New
Brighton, Parklands, Pegasus Bay, South New Brighton, Southshore, Spencerville, Waimairi Beach
||Bryndwr, Burnside, Fendalton, Ilam, Merivale, St Albans, Strowan|
||Aidanfield, Halswell, Hillmorton, Hoon Hay, Kennedys Bush|
||Avonhead, Belfast, Bishopdale, Broomfield, Bryndwr, Casebrook, Harewood, Kainga, McLeans
Island, Northwood, Redwood, Russley, Yaldhurst
|Heathcote||Clifton, Ferrymead, Heathcote Valley, Hillsborough, McCormacks Bay, Moncks Bay,
Mount Pleasant, Opawa, Redcliffs, Richmond Hill, Saint Martins, Scarborough, Sumner, Sydenham,
Taylors Mistake, Waltham, Woolston
|Hornby||Hei Hei, Hornby, Hornby South, Islington, Middleton, Sockburn, Templeton, Wigram, Yaldhurst
|Innes||Belfast, Edgeware, Kainga, Mairehau, Marshland, Redwood, Richmond, Shirley, St Albans
|Linwood||Aranui, Avonside, Bexley, Bromley, Ferrymead, Linwood, Wainoni, Woolston
|Papanui||Bishopdale, Bryndwr, Casebrook, Mairehau, Northcote, Papanui, Redwood, St Albans, Strowan
|Riccarton||Avonhead, Ilam, Middleton, Riccarton, Russley, Sockburn, Upper Riccarton
|Spreydon||Addington, Hillmorton, Hoon Hay, Somerfield, Spreydon, Sydenham
|Waimariri||Avonhead, Burnside, Ilam, Russley, Upper Riccarton|
Have your say
It’s really important that you have your say – you have an opportunity once every six years to let us know what you think
about our representation arrangements.
All submissions will be considered by a hearings panel made up of all councillors. All submitters will have the opportunity to present to the hearings panel.
After considering all feedback, the Council will develop and approve a final proposal in mid–late June 2021.
Objections and appeals
The Local Government Commission will consider any appeals or objections, along with any representation arrangements outside +/- 10 per cent range and make a final determination before early April 2022.