March 23, 2021
Maori seat bid for Hawke’s Bay Regional Council
Hawke’s Bay Regional Council is the latest to start consultations on establishing Maori constituencies in time for the 2022 elections.
Chief executive James Palmer says the council has an obligation to enable Māori participation in its decision-making.
Over one-quarter of Hawke’s Bay’s population are of Māori descent, with 11 iwi groups, 91 hapū and 79 marae throughout the region.
An online consultation campaign will run until April 22, followed by public hearings of submissions on May 3 and 4, before the council makes a decision at its meeting on May 19.
If it votes to establish Māori seats, a representation review would determine whether there would be one or two Māori constituencies are needed.
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