Representation Review

We’re reviewing the way Porirua residents are represented at Council in preparation for the 2019 local body elections. Now we’d would to hear your thoughts on our initial proposal.

What it's all about

Every six years councils in New Zealand review their representation arrangements, following a process contained in the Local Electoral Act. 

One of the principles of the Act is to implement “fair and effective representation for individuals and communities”. 

In reviewing Porirua City Council’s representation arrangements we’ve followed guidelines provided by the Local Government Commission and have:

  • identified communities of interest;
  • considered how best to provide effective representation for those communities including whether or not there should be communities; and
  • considered the fairness of representation for electors such as the ratio of population for each elected member.

Your Council released a discussion document in April this year and took the views expressed in the feedback to help formulate our initial proposal.

The initial proposal is available for you to have your say from Wednesday, 4 July to 3 August 2018.  


Timeline of activities

Date (2018) Activity
23 April - 11 May Preliminary feedback is sought from the public
23 May Council considers preliminary feedback
27 June Council adopts an initial representation proposal to go out for formal public consultation in the form of submissions
4 July Formal submission period opens
3 August Formal submission period closes
Early August Council hears and considers submissions
22 August Council adopts a final representation proposal to go out for formal public consultation (objections or appeals)
29 August Formal objection/appeal period opens
28 September Formal objection/appeal period closes

Find your ward

You can find out which Council ward you are in on our ward finder.  Just type your address to see the results.

Contact us

You can ask any questions by phoning Lynlee Baily on (04) 237 3828 or emailing