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Māori ward options

We are reviewing how our Māori community is represented ahead of local government elections in 2019. We want to know what you think about establishing a ward or wards for councillors elected by those registered on the Māori electoral roll.

Closeup photo shows Māori carvings outside Council chamber.

A Māori ward would enable voters to nominate and vote for candidates to a designated Māori seat on Council.

We've been exploring ways to ensure Māori values and perspectives are better included in the development of our city.

Around 17% of Palmerston North’s population identify as Māori. Palmerston North City Council is considering establishing a Māori ward – an electorate group – who will be able to nominate and vote for candidates to a designated Māori seat or seats on Council. Download the discussion document below to learn more.

If a ward is established, those registered on the Māori roll for national elections will be eligible to vote for Palmerston North City Council Māori ward candidates.

City and district councils around New Zealand are discussing how Māori voice in their communities can best be represented. The option of having a Māori ward was developed by the New Zealand Parliament as a way to enhance the role and perspective of Māori in local government decision-making.

Tell us what you think by 15 September

If you would like to speak to Council about your submission, hearings are scheduled for 2pm Monday 2 October 2017.

To discuss your submission contact:

Kyle Whitfield, Governance & Support Team Leader, 06 356 8199,


John Annabell, Legal Counsel/Electoral Officer, 06 356 8199,