Te Papamārearea a district-wide Māori Ward
The proposal, developed in consultation with Māori and our iwi partners is to have one district-wide Māori Ward; Te Papamārearea.
Anyone on the Māori electoral roll will have two votes for their preferred candidates for the Māori ward, plus a vote for the Mayor. Please note that the decision to establish a Māori ward has already been made and is not in scope for this representation review.
There will be two councillors for the Māori ward, which is determined by Māori electoral population. Our recent decision to introduce a Māori ward will ensure a Māori voice at the Council table – in the same way we have area wards to ensure a voice for particular communities and our iwi partners.
Following consultation with Māori and our iwi partners, our initial proposal is for two councillors (determined by numbers on the Māori electoral roll) for a single Māori ward that covers the whole District. Anyone on the Māori electoral roll will have two votes for their preferred candidates for the Māori ward, plus a vote for the Mayor.
Feedback wanted – how should our Māori ward work?
We think a district-wide Māori ward with two councillors (in line with the population on the Māori electoral roll) for the whole area is the best option rather than subdividing representation into wards.
Make sure to let us know if you agree, or instead suggest another approach.
Thank you for all of the submissions received. Submissions closed at 4.30pm on Monday, 9 August 2021.