Have your say on the proposed electorates

You can make objections to the proposed electorate boundaries and names until 20 December 2019.

From 10 to 24 January 2020, you'll be able to make counter-objections to any objections to the proposed boundaries. The Representation Commission will hold public hearings of objections and counter-objections from 10 to 19 February 2020.

How to make your submission

You can make an objection online:

Make an objection

Or you can download a form at the bottom of this page and make your submission in writing.

Send your written objections to the Representation Commission by email or post:

Email: representation.commission@elections.govt.nz

Postal address:
Representation Commission
PO Box 3220
Wellington 6140

Tell us if you want to present your objection in person

If you would like to present your objection at a public hearing, let the Representation Commission know in your submission.

We'll publish objections

We'll publish your objection, and your name or the name of the organisation you represent, on this website after the objection period ends. The Representation Commission will also include your name in its final report.

We won't publish your contact details. Keep your contact details separate from the main body of your submission to help us avoid publishing them.

What to include in your objection

Your objection should explain why you disagree with a proposed electorate boundary or name, and can include your suggested solution.

You need to base your objection on the criteria the Representation Commission uses when considering the boundaries. These include:

  • existing electorate boundaries
  • communities of interest including iwi affiliations in Māori electorates
  • the infrastructure that links communities, such as main roads
  • topographic features such as mountains and rivers
  • projected variations in electoral populations over the next 5 years.

You need to complete a separate objection for each proposed electorate you want to comment on.

If you ask to speak at a public hearing

If you've asked to speak at a hearing, the Representation Commission will contact you once the counter-objection period has closed. Sometimes teleconferences or similar arrangements may be necessary.

Making your objection or counter-objection at a public hearing gives you the opportunity to reinforce what you said in your written submission. It also gives us the opportunity to clarify points you raised in your submission.

When you'll find out the final boundaries

The Representation Commission will consider all submissions, and then publish its report on the final boundaries in April 2020.