Current consultation


​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​Ashburton District Council engages with the community on a range of Council matters and projects through consultation and feedback.

Including community views as part of decision-making processes is an important way of ensuring residents can participate in decisions that impact on the current and future wellbeing of the community.

Current council projects and matters you can provide comment and feedback on are displayed below.​​


Ashburton CBD Revitalisation Proje​ct

Council is now welcoming feedback from the community on our plans to help revitalise the Ashburton Central Business District (CBD). ​Through this project, we are seeking to reinforce the importance of the CBD, reclaim retail spend for our district, ​and attract businesses back to the commercial centre. Consultation closes 5pm, 22 June 2018. 

Read or download the Consultation document and feedback form. ​Alternatively, you can have your say using our online submission f​orm​​.​

Click here to view the Ashburton CBD Streetscape Renewal Issues and Options Report​

​Learn more about the Ashburton CBD Revitalisation Project​​​​



Representation Review 2018

We are reviewing the current democratic representation arrangements in Ashburton District. As part of our pre-consultation review, we ran a survey to help our Council develop an initial proposal. The initial proposal is now ready and we are inviting your feedback until 5pm, Monday 18 June 2018.

Read or download the initial proposal document and feedback form. 
​Alternatively, you can have your say using the online form​.

Visit our Open Day!

Need more info or want to talk to a Councillor?

We are inviting you to attend an Open Day on 1 June to talk about what we are proposing. This is your chance to stop by and have a chat to a friendly Councillor about why these changes are being proposed. 

The Open Day will be held at the Community Meeting Room in the Council Chambers Building, 2 Baring Square East from 1pm – 4pm. There will be a presentation from 1.00 – 1.30pm to explain the changes, followed by a question and answer session with Councillors. Feel free to stop by at any time if you have any questions or concerns about what is proposed.

About the Review

Representation Reviews are used to look at the best way to represent our district. This means looking at the number of councillors, the areas they represent, and the specific communities within the district.

Under the Local Electoral Act 2001, all councils have to review their representation arrangements at least once every six years. This is called the 'Representation Review'.

We last reviewed our representation arrangements in 2012, so it is now time for us to review our arrangements again before the 2019 election.

Prior to undertaking the representation review, we needed to undertake two related processes, which we did in 2017:

  • review the electoral system to be used; and
  • consider whether to establish a Māori Ward for Ashburton District.​

More information can be found by visiting the Local Government Commission’s website​.

Our Current Situation 

In Ashburton District, our current arrangements are twelve councillors elected by ward, and a Mayor elected to represent the entire district. We also have defined Methven as a specific ‘community of interest’ and they are represented by the District Council and the Methven Community Board. When reviewing representation, we have to take into account the number of residents each councillor represents. This is called a ‘population-member ratio’.  

As part of the review, we have looked at our population projections for the next six years and will have the scenario where some areas will have higher numbers of councillors than others, and we want to balance this out to make it a fair representation of the whole community. This is why we have conducted a full review of our arrangements, and we are proposing some changes.​

Timetable ​

The timetable for the review is set by the Local Government Commission.  ​

Decision on Electoral System (FPP or STV) By 12 September 2017
Decision on whether to establish Maori Wards By 23 November 2017
 "Initial" proposal made

 No earlier than 1 March 2018 or by 31 August 2018 if establishing Maori wards

Submissions close

 Not less than one month after public notice. If no submissions, proposal becomes "final"

If submissions – consider and may amend proposal. "Final" proposal publicly notified

 Within 6 weeks of closing date for   submissions

Appeals and objections close

 Not less than one month after date of public notice. Not later than 20 December 2018

If no appeals or objections, proposal becomes "final"

 Public notice given where no appeals and/or objections – no fixed date

If appeals/objections – forward everything to Local Government Commission (LGC )

 As soon as practical, but no later than 15 January 2019.

Electoral Systems​

On 10 August 2017, Council considered a report on the two electoral systems available for triennial elections. These are First Past the Post (FPP – what we have currently) and Single Transferable Voting (STV). At this meeting, Council resolved to retain the FPP voting system.

Māori Wards

Council also considered whether or not to establish a Māori Ward for Ashburton District on 10 August 2017. At this meeting Council resolved not to establish a Māori Ward for the 2019 triennial elections.

A public notice advising Council's decision on the electoral system was published in September 2017, which also advised electors of their right to demand a poll. The last day for demanding a poll which would impact the next election was 21 February 2018. No demands were received, therefore Council will retain the FPP voting system and not have a Maori Ward.​

Representation Review Engagement Process

​The proposed engagement process is as follows:


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