Representation Review

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Thanks for taking the time to give us your thoughts about our Representation Review.

This phase of engagement is now closed.

Thanks for taking the time to give us your thoughts about our Representation Review.

This phase of engagement is now closed.

People wishing to speak at a Council Meeting will be heard on 19 and 20 October, which will be live-streamed on our website.

Councillors will review the feedback and make a decision on the final proposal on 11 November 2021.


In 2021, we reviewed our representation arrangements for the 2022 Council elections.

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

A short booklet was put together, which explained more about our councillors’ initial proposal for how our ratepayers and residents should be represented. It contained 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.

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.

Thanks for taking the time to give us your thoughts about our Representation Review.

This phase of engagement is now closed.

People wishing to speak at a Council Meeting will be heard on 19 and 20 October, which will be live-streamed on our website.

Councillors will review the feedback and make a decision on the final proposal on 11 November 2021.


In 2021, we reviewed our representation arrangements for the 2022 Council elections.

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

A short booklet was put together, which explained more about our councillors’ initial proposal for how our ratepayers and residents should be represented. It contained 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.

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.

Thanks for taking the time to give us your thoughts about our Representation Review.

This phase of engagement is now closed.

  • Background

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    Council’s role includes acting as the voice of local people. That voice should represent all people who use and/or contribute to the facilities and services provided by Council. It must be able to represent and balance differing interests. And because Council’s democratic system is funded by rates, it’s important the community feels their interests are represented fairly and effectively.

    In order to ensure councils continue to provide fair and effective representation for individuals and communities, they’re required by law (the Local Electoral Act 2001), to review their elected representation arrangements at least every six years. You can read more about this process on the Local Government Commission website.

    Our last review was in 2015, so we’re checking in with our community again in 2021. Once final, the updated representation arrangements will stay in effect for six years (two election cycles) or until the next review.

    In the first half of 2021, we worked with an independent research company engaging people from our community to get in-depth qualitative information on what they think about their representation. We provided this information to councillors as a document, Community Voice, to help them put together an initial proposal. That initial proposal will go to full public consultation on 1 September 2021.

    To learn more about the Representation review, including the process, current information on the number of councillors and community boards including how they are elected and the total cost of the representation visit our website.