Selwyn Representation Review 2021- preliminary consultation

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The way your Council is structured is changing.

Selwyn District Council is currently undertaking a representation review, making sure residents have fair and effective representation at the next local elections. This includes checking ward boundaries, the number of wards, how many councillors represent your ward, and whether there should be community boards.

We’re now seeking residents’ feedback on preliminary options for changes.

Consultation closes 5pm, Friday 30 July.

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What is the representation review?
Local elections are held every three years so you can decide who will represent you around the Council table. To make sure that residents have fair and effective representation, all councils must review their representation arrangements at least every six years. Selwyn last undertook a representation review in 2015, in preparation for the 2016 elections. So we need to do another review this year (2021).

How the review is undertaken is set out in the Local Electoral Act 2001. The Council must provide for effective representation of communities and their interests, and fair representation of voters. This includes ensuring each elected member represents a similar number of people.

For more information read our other questions and answers on the representation review.


The way your Council is structured is changing.

Selwyn District Council is currently undertaking a representation review, making sure residents have fair and effective representation at the next local elections. This includes checking ward boundaries, the number of wards, how many councillors represent your ward, and whether there should be community boards.

We’re now seeking residents’ feedback on preliminary options for changes.

Consultation closes 5pm, Friday 30 July.

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What is the representation review?
Local elections are held every three years so you can decide who will represent you around the Council table. To make sure that residents have fair and effective representation, all councils must review their representation arrangements at least every six years. Selwyn last undertook a representation review in 2015, in preparation for the 2016 elections. So we need to do another review this year (2021).

How the review is undertaken is set out in the Local Electoral Act 2001. The Council must provide for effective representation of communities and their interests, and fair representation of voters. This includes ensuring each elected member represents a similar number of people.

For more information read our other questions and answers on the representation review.


  • Four wards with 10 councillors

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    Under this option the existing ward structure would largely be retained, with the major changes including:

    • West Melton moving from the current Selwyn Central ward to the Malvern Ward
    • The area between Burnham and Rolleston moving from the current Selwyn Central Ward to the Ellesmere Ward
    • An area east of Rolleston moving from the current Selwyn Central Ward to the Springs Ward.

    The total number of councillors would reduce from 11 to 10.

    Check out the map showing proposed wards in the district.

  • Three wards with 10 councillors

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    Under this option, the existing Springs and Ellesmere wards would combine into a single new ward, Springs-Ellesmere. Selwyn Central and Malvern wards would remain. The major changes include:

    • Burnham moving from the current Ellesmere ward to the Malvern ward
    • The area around Bankside moving from Ellesmere ward to the Malvern ward
    • An area east of Rolleston moving from the current Selwyn Central ward to the Springs-Ellesmere ward.

    The total number of councillors would reduce from 11 to 10.

    Check out the map showing proposed wards in the district.

  • Three wards with 9 councillors

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    Under this option, the existing Springs and Ellesmere wards would combine into a single new ward, Springs-Ellesmere. Selwyn Central and Malvern wards would remain, but with altered boundaries. The major changes include

    • West Melton moving from the current Selwyn Central ward to the Malvern ward
    • The area around Bankside moving from Ellesmere to the Malvern ward
    • An area east of Rolleston moving from the current Selwyn Central ward into the Springs-Ellesmere ward.

    The total number of councillors would reduce from 11 to 9.

    Check out the map showing proposed wards in the district.

  • Four wards with 7 councillors

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    Under this option the existing ward structure would largely be retained, with only minor changes being made to ward boundaries.

    The significant change with this option is that the total number of councillors would reduce from the existing 11 to 7 councillors. This means that Malvern and Ellesmere wards would move from having two ward councillors to one in each ward.

    Check out the map showing proposed wards in the district.