scoop.co.nz 08 Apr, 2021 03:45 am

Māori Wards Welcomed By Palmerston North City Council

Māori Wards Welcomed By Palmerston North City Council
Palmerston North City Council has resolved to establish a Māori ward(s) for the 2022 and 2025 local government elections. This follows the passing of the Local Electoral (Māori Wards and Māori Constituencies) Amendment Act 2021. It also follows the ...

Palmerston North City Council has resolved to establish a Māori ward(s) for the 2022 and 2025 local government elections.The iwi has consistently challenged the council to ensure wider Māori community interests are represented and Council can inspire tangata whenua to actively participate in shaping our City Deputy Mayor Rutherford is referencing the 2019 Palmerston North City Council and Rangitāne Partnership Agreement and Kawenata in relation to the ancestral site of Te Motu o Poutoa, which among other commitments identifies input into Council’s governance and representation, specifies participation in ongoing discussions regarding iwi representation and involvement in Council’s business.A representation review would look at Palmerston North’s overall approach to electing councillors by considering the structure of wards, alongside the number of councillors, the names of the wards and whether community boards should be established.Palmerston North in 2021 (based on the Statistics New Zealand population estimates as of June 2020), is expected to have one or two Māori ward seats depending on the number of total councillor seats in the Māori and general wards.

It also follows the Council’s decision in 2017 to establish Māori ward(s) after consulting with the community.The Local Electoral Act sets out the calculation which determines the number of Māori ward councillors.

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