On 26 August 2015 Selwyn District Council reviewed its representation arrangements, and resolved that the following proposal apply for the council and its community boards for the elections to be held on 8 October 2016.

Ward boundaries and council representation

The Council proposes:

  • That the Council comprise of eleven elected members from four wards, and the Mayor elected at large;
  • That the Council retain the existing ward names, comprising of Ellesmere, Springs and Malvern; and amends the ward name Selwyn Central to Central;
  • That the proposed boundaries of the four wards be as shown on Map 2 below;
  • That the population each ward will represent is as follows:

Ward

Population

No of
Councillors

Population
per
Councillor

Deviation *

% Deviation *

Ellesmere

9,100

2

4,550

+55

+1.23%

Malvern

8,460

2

4,230

-255

-5.68%

Central

17,830

4

4,458

- 37

- 0.83%

Springs

14,050

3

4,683

+ 188

+4.19%

TOTAL

49,440

11

4,495

* = Deviation from region average population per Councillor

tn-Proposed-Ward-BoundariesIn accordance with section 19V(2) of the Local Electoral Act 2001 the population that each member represents falls within the range of 4,495 +/- 10% (4,046 to 4,945).

Note: Under this proposal, the existing Ward structure is largely retained, with the major change being Burnham Military Camp moving from the current Selwyn Central Ward to Ellesmere Ward; this has been discussed with Burnham Military Camp during preliminary consultation.

MAP 2 – Initial Proposal: proposed new ward boundaries [JPG, 491 KB]

Community board representation

The Council proposes:

  • That there be a community board representing the Malvern ward
  • That the name of this Board be the Malvern Community Board
  • That the Malvern Community Board comprises of five elected members
  • That the Malvern Community Board have two subdivisions, namely the Hawkins and Tawera Subdivisions with the boundaries as shown in Map 3 below.

Subdivision

Population

No of Members per subdivision

Population per Member

Deviation *

% Deviation *

Tawera

3,250

2

1,625

-67

-3.96%

Hawkins

5,210

3

1,737

+45

+2.64%

TOTAL

8,460

5

1,692

* = Deviation from region average population per Board Member

MAP 3 – Malvern Ward showing Hawkins and Tawera Subdivisions [JPG, 404 KB]

Note: Under this proposal, a community board is not retained in the (Selwyn) Central Ward.

Other matters

Voting Process: Legislation provides the option of elections being held on either First Past the Post (FPP) or Single Transferable Vote (STV) processes. It is proposed that elections continue to be held on a FPP basis.

Maori Ward: Council does not currently hold elections for a Maori Ward. It is proposed that no Maori Ward be established for the Selwyn District.

Will these changes affect my rates?

The proposed change to the ward boundaries will not have any impact on rates. Remuneration of councillors is based on a fixed pool of funds, which is spread across all councillors.

Community boards are funded by a targeted rate within the respective ward. Under this proposal, a targeted rate for the Malvern Community Board would be retained in the Malvern Ward. As there would be no community board in the Central ward, the existing Selwyn Central targeted community board rate would cease from 30 June 2016.

Submissions closed at 5pm on Monday 5 October 2015.