This one-day forum provides professional development and networking opportunities for local authority elected members as well as governance and policy professionals, as councils embark on representation reviews ahead of the 2025 local elections.

  • 29 May 2023
  • 09:00 - 16:00
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  • Rydges Hotel, 75 Featherston St, Te Whanganui-a-Tara Wellington, New Zealand
  • 540.00 (plus GST) Members
  • 630.00 (plus GST) Non Members
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About this event

The Local Electoral Act requires each local authority to undertake a review of its representation arrangements at least once every six years, including community boards. Roughly 30 councils will be required to undertake a representation review over the 2022-2025 triennium, with another dozen required to decide whether to have Māori wards.   

We will delve into the new legislation on Māori representation and what the changes mean for your council. There will be an inspiring mix of presentations from experts and innovative case studies from practitioners that will provide participants with both practical information and thought-provoking ideas.     

We will cover the three cornerstones of representation: selection of voting systems, Māori representation, and reviews of representation arrangements. Attendees will leave well-equipped for representing their communities fairly and effectively. 

Who should attend?

Electoral officers, elected members, governance professionals, policy, and legal staff. 

Programme

8.15 am Registration and tea and coffee on arrival

8.45 am Mihi whakatau

9.00 am Welcome from the Chair
Dean Heiford, Chair Elections Reference Group, Taituarā, and Manager Economic, Community & Support Services, Marlborough District Council

9.10 am New legislation – representation reviews, voting age, Māori option
Michael Smith, Senior Policy Analyst, and Rowan Burns, Policy Manager, Ue te Hīnātore (Local Government Branch), Department of Internal Affairs

9.40 am Representation reviews – a day by day
Dale Ofsoske, Managing Director, Election Services Ltd

An overall walk through of the representation review process – what’s expected and by when.

10.20 am Morning tea

10.40 am Māori representation
James Baty, Director Internal Partnerships, and Heather Kohn, Democracy Support Services Manager, Gisborne District Council

  • Ability for councils to introduce Māori wards or constituencies
  • Consideration of Te Tiriti o Waitangi The Treaty of Waitangi (s4 LGA)
  • Consultation with local iwi
  • Timetables and polls
  • Applicable for two terms.

11.20 am Communities of interest, population, and membership – bringing them together
Donald Riezebos, Principal Advisor, Local Government Commission Mana Kāwanatanga ā Rohe

  • Defining “community of interest’
  • Applying the principles
    • fair and effective representation
    • reasonable and equal opportunity
    • maintaining public confidence
  • Number of councillors
  • Wards
  • Community boards and local boards.

12.00 noon Lunch

12.50 pm Local Government Commission – roles, process, and lessons from the last reviews
Penny Langley, Chief Executive Officer, Local Government Commission Mana Kāwanatanga ā Rohe

  • The scope of the Local Government Commission’s powers
  • An overview of the process and criteria to be followed
  • The role of elected members
  • The role of the Local Government Commission in implementing decisions
  • An introduction to the latest representation review guidelines
  • Lessons from 2021
  • Population statistics
  • Meshblocks.

1.30 pm Electoral systems – STV and FPP
Dean Heiford, Chair Elections Reference Group, Taituarā, and Manager Economic, Community & Support Services, Marlborough District Council
Susan Haniel, Senior Advisor, Sector Performance, Taituarā

  • The FPP or STV decision 
  • Poll demanded by electors or held at the initiative of the council 
  • Timeframes.

2.00 pm Afternoon tea

2.20 pm Community engagement - best practice case studies
James Baty, Director Internal Partnerships, and Heather Kohn, Democracy Support Services Manager, Gisborne District Council
Jack Marshall, Manager Democratic Services, Porirua City Council

Case studies from 2021.

3.00 pm Working with elected members
Seán Mahoney, General Manager, Sector Performance, Taituarā

Table discussion points: 

  • Role of elected members 
  • Providing free and frank advice 
  • Role of council officers 
  • Māori wards/constituencies
  • Community boards – assessing whether they enable effective local representation and good local government
  • Community engagement

3.45 pm Sum up
Dean Heiford, Chair Elections Reference Group, Taituarā and Manager Economic, Community & Support Services, Marlborough District Council

4.00 pm Close

If you have any questions or would like further information, please contact events@taituara.org.nz


Presenters

Dean Heiford
Chair of the Elections Reference Group Read Profile
Dale Ofsoske
Managing Director, Elections Services Ltd Read Profile
James Baty
Director Internal Partnerships, Gisborne District Council Read Profile
Donald Riezebos
Principal Advisor, Local Government Commission Read Profile
Penny Langley
Chief Executive Local Government Commission Read Profile
Susan Haniel
Senior Advisor, Sector Performance Read Profile
Heather Kohn
Democracy & Support Services Read Profile
Seán Mahoney
General Manager, Sector Perfomance, Taituarā Read Profile