Initial proposal consultation

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The consultation closed on Monday 4 October.

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The Representation Review 2021 is your chance to have a say on what a fair and effective representation should look like at the next local elections in Selwyn district. This includes checking proposed ward boundaries, the number of wards, how many councillors represent your ward, and proposed Malvern Community Board subdivisions.

The initial proposal out for consultation now includes:

  • Same number of wards (four)
  • Changes to ward boundaries, including West Melton moving into the Malvern Ward, while the Selwyn Central Ward is replaced by the new Rolleston Ward.
  • One fewer councillors (total of 10): Ellesmere (2), Malvern (2), Rolleston (3), Springs (3)
  • Keep community board in Malvern Ward
  • One extra subdivision within Malvern Ward (three instead of current two).

For more detail on the proposed changes see the consultation document or come to one of the drop-in sessions to talk to our councillors.

Formal consultation on the proposal runs until Monday 4 October.

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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 consultation closed on Monday 4 October.

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The Representation Review 2021 is your chance to have a say on what a fair and effective representation should look like at the next local elections in Selwyn district. This includes checking proposed ward boundaries, the number of wards, how many councillors represent your ward, and proposed Malvern Community Board subdivisions.

The initial proposal out for consultation now includes:

  • Same number of wards (four)
  • Changes to ward boundaries, including West Melton moving into the Malvern Ward, while the Selwyn Central Ward is replaced by the new Rolleston Ward.
  • One fewer councillors (total of 10): Ellesmere (2), Malvern (2), Rolleston (3), Springs (3)
  • Keep community board in Malvern Ward
  • One extra subdivision within Malvern Ward (three instead of current two).

For more detail on the proposed changes see the consultation document or come to one of the drop-in sessions to talk to our councillors.

Formal consultation on the proposal runs until Monday 4 October.

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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.

Consultation has concluded
  • What's changing?

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    The Council is proposing to retain four wards, but change the existing ward boundaries to form Ellesmere, Malvern, Rolleston and Springs wards. The Council is also proposing to reduce the number of councillors to 10.

    Currently, the Council is made up of 11 councillors elected from four wards, Ellesmere, Malvern, Selwyn Central and Springs, and a mayor elected at large (across the whole district). There is one community board for Malvern.

    The proposal largely retains the existing system, but with changes to a number of ward boundaries to ensure a more even spread of population across each ward. Selwyn Central would be replaced by a smaller Rolleston ward, and would have three councillors rather than the existing four, with all the other wards retaining their existing number of councillors.

    The largest change to ward boundaries would see West Melton move into the Malvern Ward, while an area between Burnham and Rolleston would move from the current Selwyn Central Ward to the Ellesmere Ward.

    The Malvern Community Board would be retained, with a third subdivision of West Melton added to the existing subdivisions of Hawkins and Tawera. The number of board members would remain at five with two each from the West Melton and Hawkins subdivisions and one from the Tawera subdivision. Previously the board was made up of three members from Hawkins subdivision and two from Tawera.

    For more detail see the consultation document and the online interactive map.