The Representation Commission is the independent body that reviews the boundaries and names of electorates.
Public officials and government and opposition appointees make up the Representation Commission. Usually a current or retired judge chairs the Commission.The Commission’s membership includes:
- a chairperson
- a government representative
- an opposition representative
- the surveyor-general from Land Information New Zealand
- the government statistician from Stats NZ
- the chief electoral officer from the Electoral Commission
- the chairperson of the Local Government Commission.
When considering the Māori electorate boundaries the membership will also include:
- a government Māori representative
- an opposition Māori representative
- the chief executive of Te Puni Kōkiri.