These wards came into effect in 2016 following the review of representation arrangements.
People around Christchurch and Banks Peninsula are getting a fresh chance to help decide how many elected members there are, how they are elected, and what communities they represent.
The Council’s 2021 Representation Review is getting underway, with councillors considering an initial proposal covering city-wide representation arrangements for the 2022 and 2025 local elections on Thursday 11 March.
Read more about the proposed changes on Newsline(external link) and view a map of the proposed ward boundaries and community boards [PDF, 1.8 MB].
All Councils are legally required to review their representation arrangements every six years to ensure the arrangements provide fair and effective representation for communities. After significant consultation with communities, Christchurch City Council proposed its ward boundaries, community boards and councillor numbers to the Local Government Commission in 2015. After hearing from the Council and appellants, in March 2016 the Local Government Commission decided to uphold the Council's proposal, apart from three small boundary changes.
Over 3000 residents participated in the Council's process to find out what people thought about these issues.
The Council agreed to its Final Proposal for the boundaries and numbers in December 2015 after an extensive review of the city's representation arrangements.
It publicly notified the detailed changes in November 2015, with appeals and objections to the Council's decision closing in December 2015.
The appeals and objections were referred to the Local Government Commission, along with the Council's Final Proposal. The Commission held hearings in Christchurch in March 2016 before issuing the final decision.