Māori Ward: Postal Poll

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Māori wards are a way of ensuring Māori views and voices are heard at Council. 

In November 2017 Kaikōura District Council voted unanimously to create a Māori ward, a decision supported by our local runanga. 

In February a petition with 148 valid signatures opposing the Council decision was received. Under NZ law a public poll on the issue was required. The postal poll ended on 19 May 2018 and the final result in the proposal to establish a Māori Electorate Ward for the Kaikoura District Council has been defeated. 

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 May 22 update: Final results

The final results for establishing a Māori Electorate ward for Kaikōura District Council are available here. 

The final result of the poll resulted in the proposal to establish a Māori Electorate Ward for the Kaikoura District Council being defeated. 

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May 17 update: it is now too late to send your voting papers by mail. You can vote in person by coming to the Council Offices: Level 2, 96 West End, Kaikōura. Voting ends 12.30PM Saturday 19 May 2018.

Māori wards are a way of ensuring Māori views and voices are heard at Council. 

In November 2017 Kaikōura District Council voted unanimously to create a Māori ward, a decision supported by our local runanga. 

In February a petition with 148 valid signatures opposing the Council decision was received. Under NZ law a public poll on the issue is now required.

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April 27 update: The postal poll to decide on the proposal to establish a Māori Electorate Ward for Kaikōura District Council is underway.

If you are registered to an address in Kaikōura you will receive your voting papers with instructions in the mail. The poll ends Saturday 19 May 2018.

Māori wards are a way of ensuring Māori views and voices are heard at Council. 

In November 2017 Kaikōura District Council voted unanimously to create a Māori ward, a decision supported by our local runanga. 

In February a petition with 148 valid signatures opposing the Council decision was received. Under NZ law a public poll on the issue is now required.

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March 6 update: A postal poll to decide on the proposal to establish a Māori Electorate Ward for Kaikōura District Council will be held in May.

The voting period for this poll will be from Friday 27 April to Saturday 19 May 2018. Any changes to the electoral role in preparation for the vote must be complete by 23 March. 

On Saturday 19 May 2018, a poll will be held by postal vote over the whole of Kaikōura District using the first past the post electoral system. The poll result will be binding on the Kaikōura District Council.

If the proposal is supported one representative of the Council will be elected from those electors on the Māori electoral roll residing within the Kaikōura District Council area or registered as a ratepayer elector. In Kaikōura’s case, establishing a Māori ward would guarantee 1 Māori Council seat out of 8.

To get more information on the poll, ring the election helpline on 0508 666 104. 

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Checking your enrollment details: 

A Preliminary Electoral Roll can be inspected at the following locations during normal office hours from Friday 23 February 2018 to Friday
23 March 2018: 

  • Kaikōura District Council office, Level 2, 96 West End, Kaikōura
  • Kaikōura District Library, Level 1, 96 West End, Kaikōura

Electors may enrol or amend their enrolment details on the residential electoral roll by:

Updates close at 5pm on Friday 23 March 2018. 

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Māori wards are a way of ensuring Māori views and voices are heard at Council. 

In November 2017 Kaikōura District Council voted unanimously to create a Māori ward, a decision supported by our local runanga. 

In February a petition with 148 valid signatures opposing the Council decision was received. Under NZ law a public poll on the issue is now required. 

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Last updated: 22 May 2018