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Māori ward options

At its meeting on Monday 24 October, Palmerston North City Council voted to establish a Māori ward, or wards, for the next local government elections in 2019 and 2022. Those registered on the Māori roll for national elections will be eligible to vote for Palmerston North City Council Māori ward candidates.

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.

Next steps

In line with the Local Electoral Act 2001 we will undertake a review of representation beginning in early 2018. The review will consider how many elected members we should have, and how many wards there should be, including boundaries.


We've been exploring ways to ensure Māori values and perspectives are better included in the development of our city. Around 18% of Palmerston North’s population identify as Māori.

Download the discussion document below to learn more.

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.

For more information contact:

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


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