The Southland District Council is going to the people to answer questions about how the district is represented.
A new round of community conversations is set to take place throughout November, with the focus on the upcoming representation review project taking place in April 2018.
Community conversation meetings are scheduled for Lumsden on November 1, EdendaleWyndham on November Tokanui on November 22.
This year council identified that up to 30 per cent of residents were not covered by a local representative, either through a local community board or community development area subcommittee.
Southland District mayor Gary Tong said there were currently a lot of gaps in the community that were not being represented.
At a community and policy meeting in April, councillors were presented with a map 6, and outlining which parts of the district were covered by a community board or CDA, and which parts were not.
‘‘It wasn’t until the map was produced that we went ‘wow, there’s not a great deal of actual representation from CDAs at the moment.’
‘‘It highlighted the issue that a lot of people weren’t actually eligible to stand, due to the rules for those CDAs ... hence there were some people very upset they could no longer stand.’’