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Māori ward poll

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

Closeup photo shows Māori carvings outside Council chamber.

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

We’re running a voting poll to decide whether Council should establish a Māori ward or wards.

The poll is being held following Council receiving a valid petition on 21 February 2018 requiring a poll to be held.

All residents of Palmerston North City enrolled on the Parliamentary electoral roll and any non-resident ratepayers enrolled on the city's ratepayer electoral roll are allowed to vote in this poll.

The voting period is Friday 27 April to midday Saturday 19 May 2018.

Voting papers will be posted out to city electors from Friday 27 April onwards, with voting closing at 12 noon on Saturday 19 May 2018. Enrolment and special voting facilities will be available at the Council's Customer Service Cente, 32 The Square, between those dates. Residents and ratepayers of the city not listed on the electoral roll can enrol up to 4pm on Friday 18 May 2018 but will also need to ask for a special voting paper.

The result of the poll will be binding on Council.

Background

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 petition calling for a poll on whether the City should be divided into one or more Maori wards.

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. 

Contacts

Kyle Whitfield, Governance & Support Team Leader, 06 356 8199, kyle.whitfield@pncc.govt.nz

John Annabell, Legal Counsel/Electoral Officer, 06 356 8199, john.annabell@pncc.govt.nz