Final proposal – Upper Hutt’s representation arrangements for the 2019 and 2023 local elections
As required by the Local Electoral Act 2001, Upper Hutt City Council has confirmed its initial proposal for 10 councillors, elected at large (without wards) and to not establish community boards after considering all 17 submissions received at the Council meeting on 15 August 2018. The proposed representation arrangements will apply for the local elections in 2019 and in 2023.
Council adopted the final proposal for the following reasons:
- In general the submissions received during the consultation process (including pre-consultation) supported the initial proposal;
- The total number of Councillors is proposed to remain at 10 (plus the Mayor) and will continue to provide effective representation to Upper Hutt residents and ratepayers;
- The size of the council is appropriate for the conduct of Council’s business;
- The district has a relatively compact geographic area;
- The majority of submissions did not identify specific communities of interest or specific geographical areas; and
- Council is satisfied that the system to elect Councillors at large will continue to provide effective representation to the district as a whole.
A copy of the full report (including the submissions) that was considered by Council at its meeting on 15 August, can be found at https://upperhuttcity.com/wp-content/uploads/2018/08/Council-Agenda-150818-web.pdf
Summary of submissions
17 submissions to the initial proposal were received:
- Thirteen [76%] submitters supported retaining the current number of councillors at 10. Two [12%] submitters did not agree with the proposal to retain the current number at 10, 6%  did not know and 6%  did not respond.
- Nine [53%] submitters supported the proposal that the ten councillors should be elected at large. Seven [41%] submitters did not agree with the proposal and 6%  did not respond.
- Seven [41%] submitters supported the proposal that community boards were not established. Six [35%] submitters did not agree with the proposal, 18%  did not know and 6% did not respond.
One submitter said they would like Council to establish a Māori ward for the City. It is noted that Council has refrained from making a decision on the subject of Māori wards. Council agreed to continue to forge strategic relationships with Iwi that have an interest in Upper Hutt.
One submitter commented they supported the use of proportional representation voting systems and preferred the Single Transferable Vote (STV) system rather than First Past the Post (FPP). It is noted that Council has previously considered the choice of electoral system and resolved to retain First Past the Post electoral system on 9 August 2017, which will apply for the 2019 triennial elections.
Any person who made a submission on Council’s initial proposal may lodge an appeal against Council’s decision. An appeal must relate to the matters raised in that person’s submission.
Appeals must be made in writing and must be received by Council no later than 5.00pm Monday 1 October 2018.
Address appeals to Principal Advisor Democratic Services:
- Mail to: Upper Hutt City Council, Private Bag 907, Upper Hutt 5140; or
- Deliver to: Upper Hutt City Council, 838-842 Fergusson Drive, Upper Hutt 5140; or
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