Representation Review for the 2019 Local Authority Election

Mō tātou, ā, mō ngā uri ā muri ake nei
For us and our children after us

Southland District Council is proposing changes to how the Southland District will be governed, what number of representatives there are and how that representation is set up.

We’d like to hear your views on what’s proposed. Use our online form at (external link)  and let us know what you think!

The submission portal will go live on Monday 30 April at 9am.

Why are we having a review?

The Local Electoral Act 2001 (the act) requires local authorities to review their representation arrangements at least once every six years. Southland District Council last reviewed its arrangements in 2012 and is now reviewing them for the 2019 elections. 

More than 10,000 people in a District of nearly 30,000 people are not currently represented by a community board or a community development area subcommittee. Council believes we need to look at this.

As well as the rules set out in the act, Council has developed the following guiding principles for the development of its Initial Proposal: community leadership; clear purpose; small council big community; full District coverage; equity of representation; District-wide framework for service delivery; localism – input and involvement; relationships first; streamlined delivery – reduce the moving parts; tailored and targeted delegations to meet the purpose; the organisation structure to reflect the governance structure.

Council’s current community governance structure is also being reviewed. Information about this can be found in the Community Governance Reference Document [PDF, 3.8 MB].

What’s in the proposal?

The Initial Proposal is for Southland District Council to have five wards and 12 councillors.

  • Mararoa Waimea (three councillors)
  • Winton Wallacetown (three councillors)
  • Waiau Aparima (three councillors)
  • Waihopai Toetoe (two councillors)
  • Stewart Island Rakiura (one councillor)

There are currently eight community boards. Under the proposal the number of community boards would remain at eight but their boundaries have been redefined and enlarged to cover the entire District.

More detailed information is available in the Representation Review Initial Proposal [PDF, 1.6 MB] consultation booklet. 

Have your say?

Do you agree with our Initial Proposal?

Use our online form at (external link) and let us know what you think! 

The submission portal will go live on Monday 30 April at 9am.

It’s a lot faster than sending us a hard copy.

If you’d prefer to write to us, you can download the feedback form [PDF, 563 KB] which you can fill out and return to one of Southland District Council’s offices in Invercargill, Lumsden, Oban, Otautau, Riverton, Te Anau, Winton or Wyndham.
You can post the feedback form to: 2018 Representation Review Freepost, Southland District Council, P O Box 903, Invercargill 9840
Or scan and email it to: