Representation arrangements

When a Local Government Council is elected, how many Councillors sit on each Council and the boundaries of the geographical areas they represent is determined under guidelines set out in the Local Electoral Act 2001.

Representation review

Environment Canterbury was required by the Environment Canterbury (Transitional Governance Arrangements) Act 2016 to complete a representation review for the 2019 Local Government elections, when Environment Canterbury returned to a fully-elected Council.

The Local Electoral Act 2001 (LEA) lays out how the representation review process must be undertaken. Any Regional Council cannot be less than six or more than 14 Councillors.

In preparation for the 2019 Local Government election, Environment Canterbury undertook a representation review looking at how many Councillors it would have and from where – how Canterbury’s communities would be represented on their Regional Council.

The Council considered options and put an initial proposal out for consultation, followed by submissions and hearings. A final proposal was then developed for consideration by the Local Government Commission.

The initial proposal was for 13 seats – two north, two central, eight Christchurch, and one south. Following submissions, the final proposal added an additional seat in the south, meaning two Councillors each for the 'non-Christchurch' north, central and South Canterbury areas, and eight for Christchurch.

As there were objections to this final proposal, the Commission held a hearing at Environment Canterbury's Christchurch offices on 21 March 2019.

Factors to be considered

Factors required to be considered when forming the proposal are laid out in the Local Electoral Act 2001. These include serving communities of interest and ensuring as far as possible a numerical representation of the population.

In considering the representation model, Environment Canterbury looked at where the issues it deals with were, and how to represent the views of the community while still providing as close to an even distribution of Councillors as possible.

What we found

Submissions on our initial proposal suggested there should be more Councillors from outside Christchurch, (six Councillors, not the five initially proposed), on the basis that many of the issues Environment Canterbury deals with are outside the urban centres.

The submissions received on the final proposal suggested that some saw six rural and eight urban Councillors as an uneven split the other way, with an over-representation of farming interests, not adequately representing the large proportion of urban Christchurch ratepayers.

The final representation model of 14 Councillors with two in each of seven wards, was determined by the Local Government Commission and announced on 11 April 2019.

You can find more information on the Representation Review on haveyoursaysay.co.nz.

Representation review process

2010 until the 2019 Local Government elections

At the 2019 Local Government elections, Environment Canterbury returned to a fully-elected Council.

The Council had Government-appointed Commissioners from 2010-2016, and from 2016 operated under interim governance arrangements with a 'some elected, some appointed' Council.

This interim model was described in the Environment Canterbury (Transitional Governance Arrangements) Act 2016, and ceased at the 2019 elections, when Environment Canterbury returned to a fully-elected Council.  

Proposals, submissions and hearings

Environment Canterbury was required by the Environment Canterbury (Transitional Governance Arrangements) Act 2016 to complete a representation review for the 2019 Local Government elections, when Environment Canterbury returned to a fully-elected Council.

The Local Electoral Act 2001 (LEA) lays out how the representation review process must be undertaken. Any Regional Council cannot be less than six or more than 14 Councillors.

In preparation for the 2019 Local Government election, Environment Canterbury undertook a representation review looking at how many Councillors it would have and from where – how Canterbury’s communities would be represented on their Regional Council.

The Council considered options and put an initial proposal out for consultation, followed by submissions and hearings. A final proposal was then developed for consideration by the Local Government Commission.

The initial proposal was for 13 seats – two north, two central, eight Christchurch, and one south. Following submissions, the final proposal added an additional seat in the south, meaning two Councillors each for the 'non-Christchurch' north, central and South Canterbury areas, and eight for Christchurch.

As there were objections to this final proposal, the Commission held a hearing at Environment Canterbury's Christchurch offices on 21 March 2019.

Factors to be considered

Factors required to be considered when forming the proposal are laid out in the Local Electoral Act 2001. These include serving communities of interest and ensuring as far as possible a numerical representation of the population.

In considering the representation model, Environment Canterbury looked at where the issues it deals with were, and how to represent the views of the community while still providing as close to an even distribution of Councillors as possible.

What we found

Submissions on our initial proposal suggested there should be more Councillors from outside Christchurch, (six Councillors, not the five initially proposed), on the basis that many of the issues Environment Canterbury deals with are outside the urban centres.

The submissions received on the final proposal suggested that some saw six rural and eight urban Councillors as an uneven split the other way, with an over-representation of farming interests, not adequately representing the large proportion of urban Christchurch ratepayers.

The final representation model of 14 Councillors with two in each of seven wards, was determined by the Local Government Commission and announced on 11 April 2019.

You can find more information on the Representation Review on haveyoursaysay.co.nz.

 

Representation appeals
Representation objections
Objection by
Addington J
Adrian
Anderson B
Andrew, name incomplete
Bagozzi D
Bailey S
Balcar J
Ballantine T
Barber A
Bealing P
Beardsley L
Bell A
Bergler U
Blair A
Blair A
Blenkinsop I
Boardman R
Bond M
Bourke R
Boyce R
Bromby K
Brooke A
Brooks S
Burrows L
Butcher W
Byl A
Calvert C
Campbell A
Campbell A
Carey P
Carr M
Carroll L
Carroll P
Carroll W
Chinn J
Choose Clean Water NZ
Christensen C
Christian T
Clark D
Clark D
Clearwater B
Clifton O
Collins D
Collis J
Constable P
Corliss P
Cottle M
Cromarty N
Currie M
Curtis Y
Dames R
Davidson L
Dowling W
Downard J
Drace C
Dunn M
Edward S
Elder P
Ellison C
Falvey J
Foley K
Forne I
Fox J
Fox S
Galbraith P
Gallagher K
Gay S
Gee N
Gibb N
Gray S (Meridian Energy Limited)
Greenpeace
Gregory A
Gunn K
Hall E
Hallinan P
Hamblett A & M
Hanafin N
Hardy P
Harrington T
Hartnell G
Hawke W
Hay K
Hayward S
Heiden T
Heins A
Herring C
Hoeft K
Holmes V
Hood G
Hopkinson G
Hornblow A
Howard S
Ingham P
Jackson L
Jeffery C
Jenkin R
Jones D
Jones M
Klein U
Krijnen S
Laing M
Lamsdale P
Lautour N
Liggett S
Lomax M
Lough N
Lovell-Smith D
Lovell-Smith M
Lunt J
Lynne G T
Macpherson A
Macpherson R
Mainprize R
Marks C
Matai M
Mavora I
Maynard K
McCallum S
McFadden A
McKinnon-Gee B
McLeay A
McLellan T
McLeod J
McMahon H
Minto J
Moon T
Moore A
Moore K
Muller D
Murphy D
Negro S
Neill J
Nelson C
Neville D
New Zealand Fish & Game Council
Newlove M
Newman A
O'Connor D
Oliver P
Palmer Sir Geoffrey
Payne S
Phillpotts T
Piercey S
Poi D
Pollard S
Powers L
Price M
Proposal, by Hobson S
Purdue B
Radel D
Rice J
Rice, J
Risdon W
Robertson K
Rogers J
Roo M
Ross G
Rowe D
Ryan U
Salmon M
Salzer U
Sanders M
Sheere S
Shore B
Simpson A
Sitter P
Skelton A
Skelton B
Stephenson H
Stringer P
Summers B
Sutherland K
Sykes V
Tomlin H
Toutain S
Tremewan R
Tully K
Turner B
Walkham M
Wall N
Walsh M
Ward B
Water Rights Trust
Watson A
Webber J
Webster R
Wells M
White K
White S
Whitehead M
Wicht B
Williams N
Williams S
Wintergerst L & K
Woo T C
Woods J
Worsp S
Wynne D
Wynne J
Yeoman C
Wynne D
Wynne J
Yeoman C
Representation arrangements for the 2019 election

The Local Government Commission announced on 11 April 2019, the constituency and membership arrangements for Environment Canterbury for the upcoming 2019 Local Government elections.

Environment Canterbury had proposed a 14-member Council elected from seven constituencies. Following consideration of Environment Canterbury's proposal and 201 appeals and objections, the Commission confirmed that proposal.

The decision meant that for the 2019 elections, Environment Canterbury was elected as follows:

 

Constituencies Members
Christchurch Central-Ōhoko (of trading) 2
Christchurch North East-Ōrei (of wetlands) 2
Christchurch South-Ōwhanga (of bays, inlets, harbours) 2
Christchurch West-Ōpuna (of springs) 2
Mid-Canterbury-Ōpākihi (of plains) 2
North Cantebury-Ōpukupuke (of rolling hills) 2
South Canterbury-Ōtuhituhi (of rock drawings) 2

 

The constituencies that the 14 Councillors represent are mapped below.