July 09, 2018
City struggles with Māori formula
Palmerston North City Council is asking how Māori participation can be enhanced.
It’s part of a six-yearly-review under the Local Electoral Act on how ratepayers and residents should be represented.
The council’s plan to create Māori wards was vetoed by referendum after a campaign by Don Brash’s Hobson’s Pledge group, but is still has legal requirements to get Māori input.
The representation review will also consider the number of councillors, whether they are elected city-wide, by wards or a mixture of both, and whether there should be community boards.
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