Five councils work on Maori wards, voting appointees

Signature collecting is well under way after the New Plymouth District Council on July 21 voted to establish a Maori ward. A similar campaign is under discussion in Tauranga after the city council there on August 25 also voted for such a ward. Three other councils are being pushed to have separate voting or representation for members of their communities who may have Maori ancestry.

The Greater Wellington Regional Council will discuss Maori constituencies at its September 24 meeting.

The Wellington City Council will vote in October on appointing a paid voting representative from each of Wellington’s two official tribes – Te Ati Awa Taranaki Whanui and Ngati Toa Rangatira – to all of the council’s committees and subcommittees by July next year.

The Northland Regional Council is considering setting up Maori constituencies although there is no record on the council’s website on whether a vote is planned or has been taken.

A Maori ward (in a district or city council), or a constituency (on a regional council) is where a specified seat or number of seats is reserved for a person with Maori ancestry voted for by community members who are on the Maori roll.

Frequently, such proposals are voted on without any consultation, which means that Maori roll voters may find themselves suddenly restricted to voting for Maori candidates only.

A closer look at council activities around moves for Maori wards, constituencies, or voting tribal appointees, reveals an individual with some council role pushing an agenda.

It appears that other councillors who are often blind-sided by such proposals forget, while voting, that any representation or voting system set up based on race is in itself racist.

See: Wellington City Council

Greater Wellington Regional Council

Tauranga City Council

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