Election Review 2020

Every three years elections are held for local authorities. This includes for mayors, councillors, community board members and local board members. These are often called 'the triennial local authority elections'.

In order to achieve fair and effective representation at these elections, local authorities are required by the Local Electoral Act 2001 to review their representation arrangements at least once every six years.

A representation review addresses the total number of councillors there should be for the district or region and the way they are elected. In the case of territorial authorities, this involves deciding whether councillors are elected from wards or 'at large' across the whole district, or by a mix of both wards and 'at large'

A review also covers the boundaries of wards and constituencies, and their names. In the case of territorial authorities, a review also needs to address whether there should be community boards in the district and, if so, the number of boards; their names and boundaries; the number of members for each board including any appointed members; and whether the board area should be subdivided for electoral purposes.

On March 16, 2021, the Mackenzie District Council reviewed its representation arrangements and decided it would like to make some changes to how councillors and community boards are elected. Members of the public are invited to provide feedback.

You can comment on this initial proposal for the 2022 Local Authority Election from Saturday 20 March 2021 to 5pm on Friday 30 April 2021.

All submissions will be considered by a hearings panel made up of the full Council. All submitters will have the opportunity to present to the hearings panel at the end of May 2021.

How to make a submission

The full proposal can be viewed on council's engagement platform letstalk.mackenzie.govt.nz, at council offices and public libraries. Submissions can be submitted by:

  • completing the submission online at letstalk.mackenzie.govt.nz

  • requesting a submission form from our customer services team on 0800 685 8514

Completed submisson forms can be sent to:

Election Review Submissions

P.O. Box 52

Fairlie 7949

or emailed to:


Submissions must be received by Council no later than 5pm on Friday, April 30, 2021.

Further Information


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