The map showing the proposed electorate changes

Electorate boundary reviews

by Ann van Engelen

The next stage of public consultation on the electorate boundary review is closing soon and time is running out for people to have their say.

The Representation Commission is reviewing the names and boundaries of electorates for the next two general elections. Three hundred and thirty-two objections have been received to the proposed electorates, which were released for public comment in November.

“Boundary changes are needed in Christchurch because of significant population growth in Selwyn, which is the fastest-growing electorate in the country,” says Representation Commission chair, Judge Craig Thompson.

Proposed changes see the Banks Peninsula area moved into the current Port Hills electorate, which is renamed Banks Peninsula. The area around Marshs Road and Hodgens Road moves into the Wigram electorate, and an area south of the Rakaia River moves into the Rangitata electorate.

“We want to hear what people think of the shape and name of the electorate they will vote in at this year’s election and the next in 2023.

All submissions will be taken into account before final decisions are made in April on the electorate names and boundaries,” says Judge Thompson.

The deadline for counter-objections is 5pm Friday, January 24.

Counter-objections will be published online at vote.nz after January 24, and public hearings of submissions will be held in February. The final electorate boundaries will be released in April.

Background information on the review as well as the submissions received in the first stage of the boundary review were released on January 9 and can be read online at vote.nz/boundary-review-2019-2020/view-submissions/.