March 03, 2015
Action needed on Maori representation
Labour MP Adrian Rurawhe would like to see cross party support among Maori MPs for changes to the way councils deal with Maori representation.
Under the law, if councils opt for Maori wards, the decision can be overturned if opponents petition for a referendum on the issue – the only aspect of local government reorganisation where such a referendum is binding.
Both New Plymouth and the Far North councils are running polls on on Maori wards, which are widely expected to be lost.
Mr Rurawhe says Maori representation should be standard in local government, but it won’t happen without changing the rules.
The Te Tai Hauauru MP says lack of representation contrubutes to the apathy Maori feel about voting.
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