Representation Review

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A fresh look at local democracy

We’re reviewing our representation arrangements for the 2022 Council elections. This is your opportunity to re-imagine your council and how it can work better for our district.

How you’re represented now

Kāpiti Coast District Council has a mayor and 10 councillors. It’s their job to make decisions about our district on behalf of the community. We also have four community boards – one for each ward, each with four members plus the ward councillor. Community boards work with ward councillors to represent your interests. They have 'delegated authority' for some things, like awarding local grants, but can’t vote at Council.

Our proposal for 2022

Key elements of the proposal are:

  • three large wards
  • five ward councillors and five district-wide councillors, plus the mayor
  • no community boards.

Learn more

We have put together a short booklet where you can read more about our councillors’ initial proposal for how our ratepayers and residents should be represented. It contains maps of the proposed wards and boundaries and outlines the reasons for the proposal.

See our website for additional background, including briefings to elected members.

Ways to have your say

Ways to make to a submission:

  • Complete the online survey
  • Fill out or print the PDF (add extra pages if needed) and email it to us at representation.review@kapiticoast.govt.nz or mail it to
    Freepost Authority Number 166326
    Kāpiti Coast District Council
    Private Bag 60601
    Paraparaumu 5254
    Attention: Representation Review
  • When COVID-19 alert levels permit Council Facilities to open, you can obtain and submit hard copies during normal business hours at Council’s main office or any Kāpiti Coast District Council library or service centre.

If you want to give your feedback verbally at a public hearing on Tuesday 19 October 2021 (COVID-19 restrictions allowing), please mark at the end of the survey and provide your contact details. Councillors will consider the submissions and adopt a final proposal at their meeting on Thursday 11 November 2021.

The public can appeal or object. The Local Government Commission hears any appeals or objections and decides Kāpiti Coast District’s representation arrangements. If the final proposal does not comply with the legislation in any way (e.g., in terms of the +/-10 percent rule), it will automatically go to the Local Government Commission for a final decision.

COVID-19 plans

The Local Government Commission has advised us that the statutory timeframes must be met despite COVID-19 lockdowns. This means we need to continue with our timetable for consultation and decision-making as planned.

At alert levels 3 and 4 we can't hold in-person consultation activities, or receive hard-copy submissions. We'll keep you updated here and through our other channels about the ways you can find out more and give feedback.

We’re reviewing our representation arrangements for the 2022 Council elections. This is your opportunity to re-imagine your council and how it can work better for our district.

How you’re represented now

Kāpiti Coast District Council has a mayor and 10 councillors. It’s their job to make decisions about our district on behalf of the community. We also have four community boards – one for each ward, each with four members plus the ward councillor. Community boards work with ward councillors to represent your interests. They have 'delegated authority' for some things, like awarding local grants, but can’t vote at Council.

Our proposal for 2022

Key elements of the proposal are:

  • three large wards
  • five ward councillors and five district-wide councillors, plus the mayor
  • no community boards.

Learn more

We have put together a short booklet where you can read more about our councillors’ initial proposal for how our ratepayers and residents should be represented. It contains maps of the proposed wards and boundaries and outlines the reasons for the proposal.

See our website for additional background, including briefings to elected members.

Ways to have your say

Ways to make to a submission:

  • Complete the online survey
  • Fill out or print the PDF (add extra pages if needed) and email it to us at representation.review@kapiticoast.govt.nz or mail it to
    Freepost Authority Number 166326
    Kāpiti Coast District Council
    Private Bag 60601
    Paraparaumu 5254
    Attention: Representation Review
  • When COVID-19 alert levels permit Council Facilities to open, you can obtain and submit hard copies during normal business hours at Council’s main office or any Kāpiti Coast District Council library or service centre.

If you want to give your feedback verbally at a public hearing on Tuesday 19 October 2021 (COVID-19 restrictions allowing), please mark at the end of the survey and provide your contact details. Councillors will consider the submissions and adopt a final proposal at their meeting on Thursday 11 November 2021.

The public can appeal or object. The Local Government Commission hears any appeals or objections and decides Kāpiti Coast District’s representation arrangements. If the final proposal does not comply with the legislation in any way (e.g., in terms of the +/-10 percent rule), it will automatically go to the Local Government Commission for a final decision.

COVID-19 plans

The Local Government Commission has advised us that the statutory timeframes must be met despite COVID-19 lockdowns. This means we need to continue with our timetable for consultation and decision-making as planned.

At alert levels 3 and 4 we can't hold in-person consultation activities, or receive hard-copy submissions. We'll keep you updated here and through our other channels about the ways you can find out more and give feedback.

Page last updated: 09 September 2021, 06:58