This dataset is the provisional 2023 dataset for Subdivision. The final 2023 layer is scheduled to be published on 8 December 2022 as part of the annual boundary release.The intention of providing this provisional dataset is to make available the boundaries that will be used for the local body elections being held in October 2022.This dataset is the provisional set of subdivision boundaries for 2023 as defined by the territorial authorities and Local Government Commission but maintained by Stats NZ (the custodian). This version contains 81 subdivisions (excluding Area Outside Subdivision).Subdivisions are set up under the Local Government Act 2002 and Local Electoral Act 2001. A subdivision is a division of a community or local board area for electoral purposes.Subdivisions are defined at meshblock level, and do not coincide with the statistical area 1 (SA1) geography or the statistical area 2 (SA2) geography. A number of territorial authorities do not have subdivisions, and if they do, the subdivisions do not necessarily cover the whole territorial authority area. Subdivisions nest within community or local boards. Where a community or local board is divided into subdivisions all of the community or local board area must be included in a subdivision.Names are provided with and without tohutō/macrons. The name field without macrons is suffixed ‘ascii’.