Elec­toral changes

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The Lo­cal Gov­ern­ment Com­mis­sion has an­nounced its de­ci­sion that ex­ist­ing rep­re­sen­ta­tion ar­range­ments for Bay of Plenty Re­gional Coun­cil will ap­ply for the 2019 lo­cal au­thor­ity elec­tions.

The com­mis­sion has up­held the de­ci­sion of Bay of Plenty Re­gional Coun­cil that the ex­ist­ing Ro­torua and East­ern Bay of Plenty con­stituen­cies will be re­tained with their cur­rent rep­re­sen­ta­tion de­spite these con­stituen­cies not com­ply­ing with the statu­tory fair rep­re­sen­ta­tion re­quire­ment. This re­quire­ment is for the ra­tio of pop­u­la­tion to coun­cil­lors for each con­stituency to be within +/-10 per cent of the ra­tio for the re­gion as a whole.

The com­mis­sion has agreed with the coun­cil that this non­com­pli­ance is nec­es­sary to pro­vide ef­fec­tive rep­re­sen­ta­tion for the con­stituen­cies con­cerned given the size and na­ture of those con­stituen­cies.

The de­ci­sion means that for the 2019 lo­cal au­thor­ity elec­tions, Bay of Plenty Re­gional Coun­cil will con­tinue to com­prise 14 coun­cil­lors elected from four gen­eral and three Ma¯ ori con­stituen­cies as fol­lows: West­ern Bay of Plenty con­stituency — 2 coun­cil­lors, Tau­ranga con­stituency — 5 coun­cil­lors, Ro­torua con­stituency — 2 coun­cil­lors, East­ern Bay of Plenty con­stituency — 2 coun­cil­lors, Mauao con­stituency — 1 coun­cil­lor, Okurei con­stituency — 1 coun­cil­lor, Kohi con­stituency — 1 coun­cil­lor.

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