Having your say on the boundaries

Once the Representation Commission releases their proposed boundaries on 20 November 2019, you can have your say.

We’ll post the Representation Commission’s report and maps of the proposed boundaries on this website.

You’ll also be able to view printed copies of the Representation Commission’s report at:

  • public libraries
  • local council offices
  • Te Puni Kōkiri offices
  • Electoral Commission offices.

Find your local Electoral Commission office

When you can have your say

The table below shows the timetable for public submissions on the boundaries.

20 November to 20 December 2019 - The public can make objections to proposed electorate boundaries and names
10 to 24 January 2020 - The public can make counter-objections to any objections to the proposed electorate boundaries and names
10 to 19 February 2020 - The Representation Commission holds public hearings of objections and counter-objections

How to make a submission

You can make objections and counter-objections using the submission tool that will be available on this website. Or you can make your submission in writing.

When submissions open, send your written objections or counter-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 or counter-objection in person

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

We’ll publish objections and counter-objections

We’ll publish your objection or counter-objection, and your name or the name of the organisation you represent, on this website after each submission stage 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 objections

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.

What to include in your counter-objections

Your counter-objection should explain why you disagree with the objection and can include your solution to the issue. Include the objection number or numbers in your counter-objection.

You need to complete a separate counter-objection for each issue you disagree with.

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.