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Representation Review

What is a Representation Review?

Hawk'e Bay Regional Council is required to take a fresh look at how you are represented around the Council table at least once every six years. 

We held a representation review in 2021 following the Council's decision to introduce Māori constituencies earlier in the year, and this affects the total number of councillors, the numbers of constituencies, and the boundaries of constituencies.

Final Proposal for Representation Arrangements for the 2022 Local Elections

Final Proposal for Representation Arrangements for the 2022 Local Elections

The Final Proposal for Council Representation

As per Section 19 of the Local Electoral Act 2001, it is proposed that Hawke’s Bay Regional Council comprise eleven councillors elected from seven constituencies reflecting the following identified communities of interest.

Two Māori constituencies (see map here)

Māui ki te Raki - the constituency area encompasses the Wairoa District Council and Napier City Council areas, parts of the Hastings and Taupō Council areas north of the Ngaruroro River.

Māui ki te Tonga - the constituency area which encompasses the Central Hawke’s Bay District Council area, and parts of the Hastings and Rangitikei Countil areas south of the Ngaruroro River.

Five General constituencies (see map here)

  • Tamatea-Central Hawke’s Bay: the area being the same as that for the Central Hawke’s Bay District Council.
  • Heretaunga-Hastings: being that area which encompasses the wards of Flaxmere, Hastings-Havelock North and most of Heretaunga within the Hastings District Council area.
  • Ahuriri-Napier: being the same as that for the Napier City Council area.
  • Ngaruroro: being that area which encompasses the Kahuranaki and Mohaka wards and part of the Heretaunga ward within the Hastings District Council area as well as areas belonging to Rangitikei and Taupō District councils.
  • Wairoa: being the same as that for the Wairoa District Council area.

The Council resolutions are available here.


Any person or organisation who made a submission on the Council’s initial proposal may lodge an appeal against the Council’s decision as per LEA s19O. An appeal must relate to the matters raised in that person or organisation’s original submission.


Because Council’s final proposal differs from the initial proposal, any interested person or organisation who objects to the final proposal may lodge an objection in accordance with LEA s19P.  Any objection must identify the matters to which the objection relates.

Appeals and objections must be made in writing

Forward appeals and objections to Leeanne Hooper, Team Leader Governance no later than 15 December 2021



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