Over the next six weeks your elected members from Tongaporutu to Okato will be considering what the make-up of the New Plymouth District Council (NPDC) should be.
Every six years councils across New Zealand have to consider their Representative make up and the electoral boundaries that determine who you can vote for every three years.
There are a wide range of options on the table in the Representation Review.
The review will determine the number of Councillors elected and whether we vote for them at large (everybody votes for all councillors), in a ward system or a mixture of both.
We have decided to establish a Māori Ward and this is included in all the options.
It will also look at whether we should have Community Boards and if so for what areas.
Factors considered are how many people each councillor represents and how communities of interest are represented.
The Representation Review report does not make any recommendations.
The Strategy and Operations Committee on 13 July recommended 12 Councillors and the Mayor, with three councillors elected at large and the rest from four new wards, and possibly creating a new Bell Block Community Board in addition to the four existing Community Boards.
It’s important to note all options are still on the table and no final decisions have been made yet.
The report will now go to Community Boards and the Te Huinga Taumatua committee for their recommendations.
The Mayor and Councillors will then decide on a proposal to be sent out for public feedback on 17 August.