Wednesday, February 28, 2024

Still time to have your say on Auckland Māori seats

Aucklanders have less than a week left to give online feedback on whether Auckland Council should introduce Māori seats.

Public consultation closes at midnight on Sunday 24 September. So far, 8,810 submissions have been received through the council’s akhaveyoursay/maoriseats site since consultation started on 21 August.

Councillor, Kerrin Leoni says the overall response has been impressive and she’s pleased the topic has generated so much interest at such a busy time of year.

“It’s really encouraging to kōrero on Māori wards. This consultation is prompting Aucklanders to learn more about why Māori representation is being considered now and what this decision will mean for Māori,” she said.

“This is part of a discussion about what is best for Tāmaki Makaurau to continue moving forward, collaboratively. We know there’ll be a combination of feedback coming through, which we’re looking forward to hearing. It’s essential that councillors are guided on this decision by what Māori and non-Māori communities support.”

Mayor, Wayne Brown and Auckland city’s 20 councillors will receive feedback on Māori seats next month, along with additional considerations including the council’s Te Tiriti o Waitangi obligations. Each member will then vote on Māori seats on 26 October at the Governing Body’s public meeting.

Have your say

Feedback on Māori seats can be submitted until 24 September through the council’s online feedback form – by answering two questions:

  • Do you think Auckland Council should introduce Māori seats for the 2025 local elections?
  • If yes, which model would you prefer?

The two models are being considered:

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

To learn more, visit akhaveyoursay/maoriseats or listen to Rose Leonard, Auckland Council’s Manager of Governance Services as she explains what each model means in a helpful webinar.

The Parliamentary model can be introduced now and will result in one or two Māori councillors to be elected. The Royal Commission model will allow for two elected councillors and one appointed Mana Whenua representative but requires a change to legislation.

Verbal feedback – Have Your Say event

An opportunity to present feedback in person to the Governing Body will take place from 10am-5pm on Monday, 2 October at the Auckland Town Hall. This final Have Your Say event will close the consultation on Māori seats. Email maoriseatsconsultation@aucklandcouncil.govt.nz to register. 

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