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This dataset was first added to Stats NZ Geographic Data Service on 10 Jul 2019.
This dataset is the provisional 2020 dataset for Ward. The final 2020 layer is scheduled to be published on 4 December 2019.
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 2019.
This dataset is the provisional set of ward boundaries for 2020 as defined by the territorial authorities and/or Local Government Commission but maintained by Stats NZ (the custodian). This version contains 226 wards (excluding Area Outside Ward).
Wards were originally set up within any territorial authority with a population of at least 20,000. Wards are defined under the Local Electoral Act 2001 and result from dividing a territorial authority for electoral purposes. The ward system was designed to allow for the recognition of communities within a territorial authority and to increase community involvement in the local government system.
Territorial authorities can now choose whether they would like to maintain electoral wards. As a result, the number of wards has steadily decreased since they were first created in 1989. Ward boundaries are reviewed in the year before the three-yearly local government elections.
|Data type||Vector multipolygon||Feature count||239|
|Services||Vector Query API, Web Feature Service (WFS), Catalog Service (CS-W), data.govt.nz Atom Feed|