Representation and Elections

Representation arrangements

South Wairarapa District Council consists of a mayor, who is chairperson of the Council and nine councillors elected via a constituency system. The three constituencies represented by councillors are mapped below, the mayor is elected at large:

Community Boards

The South Wairarapa district has three community boards.  The composition of each is as follows:

  • Featherston Community Board – four members elected by the community plus two ward councillors appointed by Council;
  • Greytown Community Board – four members elected by the community plus two ward councillors appointed by Council;
  • Martinborough Community Board – four members elected by the community plus two ward councillors appointed by Council.

Representation Review

Councils are required to review their representation arrangements at least once every six years. This review must consider:

  • The number of elected members (within the legal requirement to have a minimum of  six and a maximum of 14 members)
  • The boundaries and names of each constituency
  • The number of members that will represent each constituency.

Councils must follow the procedures set out in the Local Electoral Act 2001 when conducting their representation review. They should also follow the guidelines published by the Local Government Commission

The Local Electoral Act 2001 gives you the right to make a written submission to the Council on its proposed representation arrangements, as well as the right to be heard if you wish. You also have the right to appeal or object to any decisions on our representation arrangements. The Local Government Commission will then make a binding decision on the appeal. 

Further details on the matters that councils must consider in reviewing their membership and basis of election can be found in the Local Electoral Act 2001. The Council last conducted a review in 2018 for the 2019 local elections. Click here for more information on Council’s last review.

The Council will undertake its next review by 2024, for the 2025 elections.

Māori constituencies

The Local Electoral Act 2001 gives councils the ability to establish separate Māori constituencies for Māori electors. Councils may pass a resolution on the matter or resolve to conduct a poll on the matter. 

Alternatively, the community may demand a poll.  The demand for a poll can be initiated by five percent of electors within the region.  The result of such a poll is binding.  Click here for more information on initiating a poll.

South Wairarapa District Council does not currently have a separate Māori constituency but will be considering representation in the 2020/21 financial year.

Council administers a Māori Standing Committee with representatives from Papawai Marae, Kohunui Marae and Hau Ariki Marae, Pae tu Mokai o Tauira (a Featherston incorporated society representing local Māori interests in the district) as well as members from iwi Rangitāne o Wairarapa and Kahungunu ki Wairarapa.  The committee was established in accordance with Schedule 7 of the Local Government Act 2002.

Elections

A pre-election report provides voters and candidates with information about the key
issues facing the South Wairarapa District Council, its financial position and its major
projects scheduled in the next three years.

Pre-Election Report 2019

2019 Elections Returns and Expenses

All candidates for the South Wairarapa District Council 2019 Triennial Elections must file a return of electoral donations and expenses.

The table below includes the returns of each candidate current to 16 December 2019.

PositionCandidate
MayorBeijen, Alex
MayorFarr, Graham
MayorHarwood, Dayle
MayorNapier, Viv
Featherston WardEmms, Garrick
Featherston WardOlds, Colin
Featherston WardVickery, Ross
Featherston WardWest, Brenda
Greytown WardFox, Rebecca
Greytown WardHay, Leigh
Greytown WardPlimmer, Alistair
Greytown WardWoodgyer, Warren
Martinborough WardColenso, Pamela
Martinborough WardGeisler, Daphne
Martinborough WardJephson, Brian
Martinborough WardMaynard, Phillippa
Featherston Community BoardFreya, Indigo
Greytown Community BoardGray, Graeme
Greytown Community BoardRainford, Ann
Greytown Community BoardSymes, Shelley
Martinborough Community BoardEllims, Aidan
Martinborough Community BoardFenwick, Nathan
Martinborough Community BoardHobden, Penny
Martinborough Community BoardHoney, Michael
Martinborough Community BoardMaynard, Melanie
Martinborough Community BoardMcKeown, Peter
Martinborough Community BoardWall, Alex
Greytown Trust Lands TrustBell, Matthew
Greytown Trust Lands TrustHolden, Philip
Greytown Trust Lands TrustRegnault, Wayne

2016 Elections Returns and Expenses

All candidates for the South Wairarapa District Council 2016 Triennial Elections must file a return of electoral donations and expenses.

The table below includes the returns of each candidate current to 15 December 2016.

PositionCandidate
MayoraltyFOX, Sue
MayoraltyHAYES, John
MayoraltyHIGGINSON, Graham
MayoraltyMELLISH, Rebecca
MayoraltyNAPIER, Viv
Martinborough WardARNDELL, Alice
Martinborough WardCOLENSO, Pam
Martinborough WardFREETH, Martin
Martinborough WardHUNTER, Robert 12
Martinborough WardJEPHSON, Brian
Martinborough WardMAYNARD, Phillippa
Martinborough WardTE MAARI, Terrence
Martinborough WardTIPOKI, Mary
Martinborough WardWALL, Alexander 12
Martinborough WardWHITTEN, Gregory
Greytown WardAMMUNSON, Paora
Greytown WardCRAIG, Margaret
Greytown WardDAVIES, Dean
Greytown WardGILBERTHORPE, John
Greytown WardWRIGHT, Colin
Featherston WardBLEAKLEY, Claire
Featherston WardCAMERON, Robert
Featherston WardCARTER, Lee
Featherston WardHARWOOD, Dayle
Featherston WardLOVE, Peter Maru
Featherston WardOLDS, Colin
Featherston WardROBERTS, Peter
Greytown Community BoardGRAY, Michael
Greytown Community BoardHAY, Leigh
Greytown Community BoardRAINFORD, Ann
Greytown Community BoardRICHARDS, Mike
Greytown Community BoardSTEER, Jerome
Greytown Community BoardSTEVENSON, Christine
Featherston Community BoardBLEAKLEY, Claire
Featherston Community BoardCAMERON, Perry
Featherston Community BoardRAMSDEN, Robyn
Featherston Community BoardSHEPHERD, Mark
Featherston Community BoardWEST, Brenda
Greytown District Trust LandsAll expenses
Featherston Bye Election July 2018All expenses

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