What is a Māori ward?
Wards are a way of dividing the city for elections to enable communities of interest to elect representatives.
Wellington City is currently divided into 5 wards, Takapū/Northern Ward, Wharangi/Onslow-Western Ward, Pukehīnau/Lambton Ward, Motukairangi/Eastern Ward, and Paekawakawa/Southern Ward.
The establishment of a Māori ward is one way Council may choose to have representation of a community of interest. Instead of grouping electors by geographic location like other wards, all electors who are on the Māori electoral roll will vote in the Māori ward.
If you are on the Māori roll you would also be able to vote for:
- The Mayor
- Any community boards (if you live in the appropriate area)
- Any Councillors elected at-large (Wellington currently has no Councillors elected at large)
- The Greater Wellington Regional Council
The only difference between voting for those on the Māori roll and the general roll is that those on the Māori roll vote for candidates standing for the Māori ward instead of the general ward. All other votes are the same.
What is the process of establishing a Māori ward?
At the 11 March 2021 Strategy and Policy Committee meeting, Councillors agreed in principle to establish a Māori ward.
This simply means that the ball is rolling. Now we’ve got some important mahi to do, engaging with those who will be directly impacted by the decision – Māori and mana whenua.
We’ll be holding three hui throughout the month of April to understand the views of Māori and mana whenua, alongside engagement for the Long-term Plan.
- Linden Community Centre – for Ngāti Toa members | Monday April 12 | 5.30pm-8pm
- ASB Sports Centre – for all in the Māori community | Tuesday April 20 | 6pm-8pm
You can also let us know how you think we should involve Māori in decision-making through our online engagement from 7 April 2021.
It’s important to note that feedback received is not a vote, nor is it binding, rather it will help inform the decision. The results of this engagement will be reported back to Council’s Strategy and Policy Committee on 13 May 2021 and will be referred to Council for final decision on 19 May 2021.
If it is passed, the Māori ward will come into effect for the 2022 local elections.
What would it cost?
Councillor remuneration is centrally funded and comes from a ‘pool’ set by the Remuneration Authority. Even if the representation review results in an additional Councillor, the total value of the pool would not change, it would just be divided accordingly.
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