May 13, 2021
Maori ward confirmed for capital
Wellington City Council has voted 13-2 to create a Māori ward at the 2022 elections.
Mayor Andy Foster says the council has a long and proud history of Māori representation, being the first local authority to establish a Māori committee in 1989.
It has memoranda of understanding with two iwi organisations – Taranaki Whānui ki Te Ūpoko o Te Ika and Te Rūnanga o Toa Rangatira Incorporated, its Te Tauihu policy is a commitment to making Wellington a bilingual city by 2040, and it has recently introduced mana whenua representation with voting rights and remuneration.
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