Representation Review 2021
Under sections 19H and 19J and clauses 1 and 2 of Schedule 1A of the Local Electoral Act 2001, Stratford District Council is required to carry out a review of its representation arrangements for the 2022 triennial local authority elections.
Statement of Proposal
On 10 August 2021, Council resolved to adopt as its initial proposal, the following:
a) Stratford District Council to comprise the mayor elected at-large and 11 councillors elected under the ward system, specifically ten general ward councillors and one Māori ward councillor;
b) Stratford District Council be divided into three wards, these being:
(i) Urban General Ward (represented by six general councillors) being the existing Stratford Urban Ward as contained in SO Plan 13061 with the boundary amended to include additional residential properties that associate more closely with the urban ward than the rural ward including an area of Pembroke Road to the west and Mercade Estate at the east end of Pembroke Road.
(ii) Rural General Ward (represented by four general councillors) being the existing Stratford Rural Ward as contained in SO Plan 369065 with the boundary amended to exclude residential properties that associate more closely with the urban ward than the rural ward including an area of Pembroke Road to the west and Mercade Estate at the east end of Pembroke Road.
(iii) Māori Ward (represented by one Māori councillor) being the entire district;
c) no community boards be established.
d) the reasons the total number of councillors is proposed to increase to 11 (plus the mayor) are:
(i) to provide effective representation to Stratford District residents and ratepayers (whilst still ensuring accessibility to a large area made up of populated towns and villages and sparsely populated rural areas); and
(ii) to provide effective representation of the Māori population of the district;
e) the proposed wards, the number of councillors per ward, the ward populations (2020 population estimates) and population ratio per councillor are as follows:
*The number of Māori Ward councillors depends on a formula set by legislation (Schedule 1A of the Local Electoral Act 2001). Māori electoral population / (total district population) x total number of councillors.
In accordance with section 19V(2) of the Local Electoral Act 2001, the population that each general ward Councillor represents must be within the population range of 910 plus or minus 10%.
Copies of the Statement of Proposal - Representation Review are available from Council offices at 63 Miranda Street, Stratford. You can also view this document on Council’s website stratford.govt.nz
Any interested person or organisation may provide a written submission to this review. Submission forms can be found online below, at Council offices at 63 Miranda Street or at the Stratford Library and Visitor Information Centre.
Your completed submission form needs to be with Council no later than 4.30pm on Friday 19 September 2021.
- Email it to email@example.com and put “Representation Review 2021” in the subject line
- Deliver it to Stratford District Council, 63 Miranda Street, Stratford 4332
- Post it to Stratford District Council, ATTN: Representation Review, PO Box 320, Stratford 4352
- Do it online here
Council will read and consider all submissions. Please clearly state if you wish to speak in support of your submission. Please note that any submission made will be available to the public. Hearings and meetings on the review will be open to the public.