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.