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Notice of Council resolution to establish a Māori ward or wards and of right to demand a poll

Notice is given under Section 19ZA of the Local Electoral Act 2001 that Palmerston North City Council has resolved to establish a Māori ward or wards for the 2019 and 2022 elections.

This resolution was made at the Council meeting held on 24 October 2017.  The effect of the resolution is that the city will be divided into one or more Māori wards for electoral purposes for the next two triennial general elections of the Council.  A poll is required to countermand that resolution.

Electors of Palmerston North City Council have the right to demand that a poll be held on the question of whether or not Palmerston North City should be divided into one or more Māori wards.

A valid demand for a poll must specify that a poll be held on the above question and must be:

  • Made in writing.
  • Signed by at least five percent of eligible electors of Palmerston North City Council.  This will require a minimum of 2,727 elector signatures.
  • Delivered to the office of Palmerston North City Council, 32 The Square, Palmerston North, no later than Wednesday 21 February 2018.

Every elector who signs a demand must also set out their full name and address for which they are registered as an elector of Palmerston North City Council.

If a valid demand for a poll is received by 21 February 2018, the poll will be held not later than 21 May 2018, and will have effect for the 2019 and 2022 elections.  If however a valid demand is received after 21 February 2018, then the poll will be held after 21 May 2018, and will have effect for the 2022 and 2025 elections.

For further information, please contact John Annabell, Electoral Officer, Palmerston North City Council, telephone (06) 356 8199 email john.annabell@pncc.govt.nz