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Māori ward poll

We held a poll to decide whether Council should establish a Māori ward or wards for the 2019 and 2022 elections.

Final result

AGAINST the establishment of a Māori ward or wards 14,621 68.76%
FOR the establishment of a Māori ward or wards 6,589 30.99%

The result of the poll is binding on Council.


Returns are hosted on the independent elections website, 


In 2017, we went out for public consultation and received and heard public submissions. After hearing and reading the 93 submissions received, on 24 October, Council voted to establish a Māori ward, or wards, for the next local government elections in 2019 and 2022.

On 21 February 2018, Council received a valid petition calling for a poll to determine whether the Council should establish one or more Māori wards. The poll was held by postal vote, with voting closing on Saturday 19 May. All All Palmerston North residents enrolled on the parliamentary electoral roll and any non-resident ratepayers enrolled on the city's ratepayer electoral roll were allowed to vote.

Around 10 percent of Palmerston North’s electoral population are currently enrolled on the Māori Parliamentary electoral roll.

The option of Māori wards was developed by parliament as a way to enhance the role of Māori in local government. One of the requirements of the Local Government Act 2002 is to facilitate participation by Māori in local authority decision-making processes. For more information, see the discussion document below. There are versions in English and te reo Māori.