September 12, 2023
Māori voice needed on Tamaki Makaurau seat plan
Auckland Council is trying to get more submissions from Māori on its proposals to create Māori wards for the next local government election in 2025.
It wants to know whether people want one or two elected seats, which can be done under existing legislation, or whether to push for the recommendation of the Royal Commission on Auckland governance for two elected Māori seats and one seat appointed by mana whenua.
Governance services manager Rose Leonard says the clock is ticking, with a legislative deadline meaning council has decide next month whether to create the seats.
She’s disappointed only a small number of the 8400 submissions so far have come from Māori so far, and says many people are unaware of how much council affects their lives.
“I think it’s true that to take part in today’s society, you kind of have to be aware and that your voice, you know, has power and that your voice is meaningful. And if you don’t vote for you don’t submit really literally somebody else is doing it for you. And you might not like what they’ve got to say,” Ms Leonard says.
Submissions are open until September 24 and can be done by completing the online feedback form on , attending a Have Your Say event to provide verbal feedback, phoning 09 301 0101 or visiting a local service centre or library.