At least 32 councils scrambled to meet Friday’s deadline to set up segregated voting via Maori wards or constituencies for next year’s elections. Overwhelming support was claimed despite low response to limited consultation.Read more
Since the Labour Government rushed through a law change at the beginning of February denying ratepayers the right to call for a referendum before a local government created one or more Maori wards, there has been a sharp increase in the number of local governments intending to do this – or at very least, considering doing so.
Since February 1, when referenda on Maori wards were outlawed by the Labour Government, 20 councils are considering or resolving to establish segregated voting via Maori wards or constituencies for next year’s local body elections.Read more
This is a submission against a proposal by the Taranaki Regional Council to set up a Maori constituency. There is no evidence that this is a step strongly desired by Maori roll voters. Sufficient opportunities for all citizens are available to contribute to decision-making processes. Maori constituencies and wards set up elsewhere have not increased participation by Maori voters. If the council wishes to test this option, the council should put the matter to a vote. The submission is on behalf of equality group Hobson’s Pledge, which was set up to debate such issues.Read more
Signature collectors for petitions around the country for votes on proposed Maori wards are still needed in Taupo, Gisborne, South Taranaki, Northland, Whangarei, and Kaipara.Read more
Even more Maori wards signature collectors are needed now that the Taupo District Council, the Gisborne District Council, the Ruapehu District Council and the South Taranaki District Council have proposed Maori wards.Read more
Now is the time to send an email to the mayor and councillors on the Taupo District Council to ask them to vote against a proposal to introduce a Maori ward at an extraordinary council meeting tomorrow.Read more
Stuff should refund money paid for an advert after the editor of the newspaper in which it appeared publicly criticised it, Hobson’s Pledge spokesperson Don Brash said today.Read more
Race Based Seats are Racist
In a radically undemocratic move Jacinda Ardern’s Minister for Local Government, Nanaia Mahuta, has rammed through changes to our local body election laws removing the right to challenge the creation of separate Maori wards. Your Councillors can now vote to create race based wards and these decisions can no longer be challenged by ratepayer poll.
Labour, the Greens and the Maori Party are now wedded to cultural Marxist ideology dividing us along racial lines. Labour needed to change the election laws because time and time again New Zealanders, when given a vote, have rejected racial segregation. The new law abolishing the right to challenge Maori wards was retrospective, meaning that the hard work and voluntary donations of hundreds of volunteers to collect signatures challenging race based seats was wasted.
We must do all we can to prevent these ideologues from doing even more damage to our social fabric.
Separate Maori Seats: What you need to know:
- Council decisions are largely concerned with roads, drinking water, sewerage, and amenities such as libraries. There is no reason why separate wards are needed for Maori ratepayers
- Creating separate Maori wards will force all Maori on the Maori electoral roll into the special Maori ward, limiting their choice of candidates
- Since we all have the opportunity to represent our community through democratic elections on merit, it is demeaning and patronising to suggest that Maori candidates need special assistance to be elected
- Councillors should make decisions on behalf of and for the benefit of the whole community. Separating ratepayers into "Maori" and the "rest of us" is divisive and will damage our communities
The following Councils have voted for or are considering voting to impose separate Maori wards, without letting the people who elected them have a say:
Gisborne City Council
Hawke's Bay Regional Council
Kaipara District Council
New Plymouth City Council
Northland Regional Council
South Taranaki District Council
Taupo District Council
Whangarei District Council
Separate Maori wards will result in the election of councillors responsible only to people who claim Maori ancestry.
If you want to have your say, then please fill in our form by clicking on this link then print the form and mail it to PO Box 13,038, Mahora, Hastings 4120, or print and scan the form and email it to [email protected]
Councils which voted in favour of removing your right to vote of Maori wards:
The following local councils lobbied the Government to disable referenda petitions on Māori wards:
- New Plymouth District Council
- Nelson City Council
- South Taranaki District Council
- Rotorua Lakes Council
- Ruapehu District Council
- Taupo District Council
- Whanganui District Council
- Northland Regional Council
- Opotiki District Council
- Waikato Regional Council
- Wellington City Council
- Wairoa District Council
- Gisborne District Council
- Bay of Plenty Regional Council
- Hawke's Bay Regional Council Maori Committee
- Kapiti Coast District Council
You can find all these submissions here. Not a single local council submitted against the legislation.
"If we are honoring Te Tiriti, we are looking at a co-governance structure and that is 50/50 representation"
Teri O'Neil, Councillor, Wellington City Council
Video submission, 19:45 - 25:38
Reference: "Local councils shouldn’t be appeasing Nanaia Mahuta"; New Zealand Taxpayers' Union 18 March, 2021
Ihumatao is perhaps the most visible race-relations shambles that the next government will have to fix. Located near Auckland Airport, Ihumatao is where activists have protested against Fletcher’s plans to build almost 500 homes on land that it bought from a private owner whose family had owned it since it had been confiscated in 1863 as a consequence of tribal rebellions.Read more