Survey to close on Tauranga’s election process

People have until Friday to have their say. File photo.

More than 500 people have had their say so far on how they want Tauranga city’s future councillors to be elected.

People have until 5pm this Friday to complete the Council’s online representation survey.

Commission chair Anne Tolley says the commissioners want to hear from as many residents as possible before selecting a preferred option for formal community consultation.

“Tauranga’s current representation arrangements have been in place for more than a decade and we want to ensure we have a model for the next local election that provides fair and effective representation for all our residents and communities.”

Democracy services manager Coral Hair says the survey asks residents to select their preference from four broad options for electing council representatives, or they can offer alternative views

“We are looking to determine how many councillors Tauranga needs and whether our communities want to vote based on wards or a mixture of wards and at large (city-wide) representation,” she says.

“We are also interested in whether residents would like to see community boards established. It’s really important that people express their views on how they want to be represented.”

Following analysis of the results, a council meeting will be held on August 23 to consider feedback received through the survey, and an initial proposal will then be adopted for public consultation.

To participate in the survey, visit

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At large councillors only

Posted on 12-08-2021 17:57 | By

Introduction of at large only option would do away with any need for race based systems to be established and might lead to the election of the best person for the job rather than the least objectionable from a list of wannabes.


Posted on 12-08-2021 14:53 | By

Democracy Services Manager - HAHAHA, LOL.


Posted on 12-08-2021 14:14 | By

there is just not enough worthy people standing thats worth electing


Posted on 12-08-2021 14:12 | By

The main thing is we pay them $1800 a day so they can patronise me and help themselves to my wallet.

Why bother?

Posted on 12-08-2021 11:27 | By Equality

They don’t listen - they know exactly what and how they are going to do things. We told them very loudly that we did NOT want maori wards - but they are foisted upon us by Ma Huta regardless - and the labour chosen commissioners dare not go against their bosses.


Posted on 12-08-2021 11:08 | By dumbkof2

wont make any difference to what the people want. tolley will tell you what you are going to get