Monday, March 4, 2024

Aucklanders to have say on Māori seats

Aucklanders are being asked for their views on whether Auckland Council should have Māori seats on its governing body.

The public consultation period by Auckland Council will run from August 21 to September 24.

The Governing Body will then consider this feedback in October to decide on Māori seats for the 2025 local elections.

The feedback provided through this consultation will not be the only factor considered when making a decision, Council said today.

“This decision is significant for all Aucklanders – not just Māori. Your feedback will help shape a future that’s right for Tāmaki Makaurau,” says Councillor Kerrin Leoni.

“Many councils around the country have already successfully established Māori wards. We now have an opportunity to create stronger partnerships that will benefit everyone living in our city.

“Auckland has the largest Māori population in the country but we have no seats representing Māori voters.”

A key decision on establishing Māori seats is how representatives will be selected.

Aucklanders are being asked for feedback on three options:

  • The Parliamentary model (Māori wards)
  • The Royal Commission model
  • A different model. 

The Parliamentary model will allow for one or two Māori councillors, according to a formula determined the Local Electoral Act 2001. The Royal Commission model will allow for two elected Māori councillors and one appointed mana whenua seat – but requires new legislation. Council will be hosting online, in-person and marae-based events for people to have their say.

Visit Māori seats for Auckland Council website for more detail.

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