By law, all councils have to do a Representation Review every six years, our last review was in 2015 and it's time to do another review. The review considers: Council membership Total number of Councillors How many Councillors should be in each ward How Councillors are elected (by wards or district-wide mix) Whether we want to have community boards, and if so, how many members should they have, and which areas should they cover. The process and timetable: The initial proposal will feature at the 3 August 2021 Council meeting. Formal consultation on Council's initial proposal will start in August and run for one month. Our Council will meet to consider the submissions received and to hear from verbal submitters in hearings in late September. The final proposal will feature at the 26 October 2021 Council meeting. This decision will be followed by a month of public appeal/objection process which will allows the public to object to the Council's final proposal. The public appeal/objection period is from 28 October to 29 November. All material is forwarded to Local Government Commission in early December. Council’s next steps: Council is in the early stages of the review and will explore potential scenarios that will be presented at the 3 August 2021 – Council meeting. You can find more information about Representation Reviews on the Election Services website.