Representation arrangements relate to the way that councillors and local board members are elected.
The council is required to conduct representation reviews at least once every six years . The council resolved in its initial representation proposal on 18 October 2018 .
Representation arrangements that must be reviewed include :
whether councillors are elected on a ward (i.e. division of the district) basis, or for the district as a whole
if applicable, the name and boundaries of each ward and the number of councillors to be elected in each wardwhether
whether local board members are elected on a subdivision (i.e. division of the local board area) basis or for the local board area as a whole, and the number of members in each local board (between five and 12 )
if applicable, the name and boundaries of local board subdivisions, and the number of members to be elected in each subdivision
the names of local boards.
While other councils can review the number of councillors, the number for Auckland Council is fixed in legislation at 20 .
Councils also have a power to consider dividing the district into one or more Māori wards for electoral purposes .
Auckland Council’s boundaries and the boundaries and number of local boards can be reviewed only through a local government reorganisation process.