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Degree of representation by tangata whenua and women on governance and decision-making bodies - Hamilton City

Key points

This indicator measures the proportion of female elected members of the regional, city or district council in the most recent elections, and the proportion of Maori elected members in local government. Evidence suggests over-representation on governance and decision-making bodies by people who identify with the New Zealand European ethnic group, with correspondingly poor representation by women, minority ethnic groups and young people. This may have an impact on the ability of those bodies to understand and advocate for these population groups, and on the perceived relevance of these bodies to such communities. Specific groups or sectors of the community may not feel they are being heard or their concerns addressed. Alienation from local decision-making process can have adverse repercussions for social connectedness in cities, districts and regions.

  • There is currently no data available on Maori representation in local government at the regional or territorial authority level.
  • In the 2007 elections, the Waikato Region continued to have a relatively high proportion of female elected members in local government, with 42% of regional council elected members being female.
  • The proportion of female elected members of city and district councils ranged from a high of 70% in the South Waikato District to a low of 0% in the Thames-Coromandel District (down from 13% in 2004), reflecting a similar pattern to the 2004 local body elections.
  • The proportion of female elected members at Hamilton City Council in 2007 was 50%, the second highest of all the territorial authorities in the Waikato Region together with Rotorua District.

Proportion of female elected members of regional councils in local authority elections 2007

Map showing proportion of female elected members of regional councils in local authority elections 2007.

Waikato Region = 42%
Source: Department of Internal Affairs/Ministry of Social Development

Proportion (%) of female elected members of city or district councils in local body elections by territorial authority

Territorial authority 2001    2004   2007  
Franklin District

21

40

25

Thames-Coromandel District

44

13

0

Hauraki District

31

23

23

Waikato District

15

15

15

Matamata-Piako District

27

27

36

Hamilton City

23

38

50

Waipa District

25

25

17

Otorohanga District

50

43

29

South Waikato District

38

50

70

Waitomo District

40

33

50

Taupo District

45

33

40

Rotorua District

17

25

50

Source: Department of Internal Affairs/Ministry of Social Development

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More information

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What we want to achieve

The community outcomes we are seeking to achieve by increasing the degree of representation by tangata whenua and minority groups on governance and decision-making bodies are:

  • All our people and communities can participate in decision-making. We are educated, informed and have the resources we need to take responsibility for our own futures.
  • Iwi, hapu and Maori work together with central government, local government and community organisations in mutually beneficial partnerships.
  • Our communities understand partnerships under the Treaty of Waitangi and representation and processes for these partnerships have integrity.
  • The unique status of tangata whenua is respected and reflected in community processes.
  • Maori have the opportunity to participate in community development and decision-making at marae, hapu and iwi levels.