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Every six years, Council must undertake a representation review on the way the Council is elected and structured.  The Council undertook this process during 2015. A final decision was made by Council in December 2015, but was appealed to the Local Government Commission. The Commission considered the appeals at a hearing on 7 March 2016.

On Thursday, 7 April 2016, the Local Government Commission released its determination in respect of representation arrangements to apply for the election of the Selwyn District Council to be held on 8 October 2016.

The 3 major changes to representation are:

  1. The removal of the Selwyn Central Community Board
  2. Changes to the boundary between Ellesmere and Selwyn Central Wards
  3. Changes to the boundary between the subdivisions of Hawkins and Tawera subdivisions for the election of the Malvern Community Board

The changes to 2 and 3 are currently being actioned and electoral information updated.

Appellants are able to appeal this determination to the High Court.

The Council proposed new representation arrangements for local elections.

In 2015, Selwyn District Council undertook a Representation Review, which determines the way the Council is elected and structured from the 2016 local elections.

Final proposal, November 2015

The Final Proposal for representation arrangements for the Council and its constituent community boards to apply from local elections to be held in 2016 was adopted by the Council on 28 October 2015 and publicly notified on Wednesday 11 November 2015.

Hearing, October 2015

Initial proposal, August 2015

On 26 August 2015 the Council reviewed its representation arrangements, and adopted an Initial Proposal for representation arrangements, to apply for the council and its community boards for the elections to be held on 8 October 2016.

Submissions closed on Monday 5 October 2015, and the hearing of those submissions took place on Monday 12 October.

The submissions can be viewed in three parts:

Preliminary Consultation, July 2015

In July, the Council asked for community feedback on a range of options for future representation, including possible changes to the number of wards, ward boundaries, the number of councillors, whether councillors should be elected across the whole district or within wards, and whether there should be Community Boards.

The Council’s Representation Review committee has considered this feedback and the Council subsequently adopted an initial proposal for formal public consultation.


If you require hard copies of all the relevant information (including but not limited to agendas, minutes and the such) please contact the Council to discuss. There will be a photocopying charge due to the amount of documents.