Elections for Council are held every three years so you can decide who will represent you. To achieve fair and effective representation, Council must review its representation arrangements at least once every six years. The last review was in 2015.
This year Council took a fresh look at how many elected members (Councillors) there are and what communities they represent. Council also took into account the recent decision to introduce a Māori ward.
A working group of Councillors was tasked with reviewing the representation arrangements in accordance with the Local Electoral Act 2001. It met a number of times and discussed the multitude of options open to it. This led to a report, based on the working party discussions, being discussed by Council at an Extraordinary Council meeting on 30 August 2021.
You may submit on any aspect of Council's Initial Proposal, the other options considered, as well as providing your own thoughts on what the Council could consider in coming to its final decision.
Submitters are advised that the information supplied in written submissions may contain personal information within the meaning of the Privacy Act 2020. By taking part in this public submission process, submitters have agreed to any personal information (including names and contact details) which is contained in their submission being made available to the public as part of the consultation and decision making process. All information collected will be held by Marlborough District Council. Submitters have the right to access and correct personal information. Submissions will be published on Council's website as part of the public process.
Your submission on Council's initial proposal will help shape Council's representation arrangements for the next two local elections in 2022 and 2025.
Council will consider all submissions before making its final decision in mid-November 2021. This final decision will be advertised - all submitters to Council's initial decision will be notified - and if you disagree with it, you may appeal it to the Local Government Commission.
Council is working on ways of bringing this discussion to the various communities within Marlborough. With the current COVID-19 alert levels this may mean face-to-face community meetings cannot be undertaken. Options such as Zoom webinar type sessions may be undertaken instead.