Māori Ward

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The Local Electoral (Māori Wards and Māori Constituencies) Amendment Act was passed by Government under urgency in March 2021. Amongst other things the Act establishes a transition period ending on 21 May 2021 in which any Local Authority may, regardless of any previous decisions or previous poll outcomes resolve to establish Māori Wards and Māori Constituencies for the 2022 local elections.

In 2018 the Council unanimously voted to establish a Māori Ward in the 2019 election. A subsequent public poll triggered by a petition signed by 5% of the electors of the district, resulted in that decision being revoked. The outcome of the public poll was binding on the Council for the next two local elections (until 2025). The Local Electoral (Māori Wards and Māori Constituencies) Amendment Act means that this poll ceases to have any effect, providing a fresh opportunity to discuss Māori representation for the 2022 local elections. 

The Council is working alongside Te Rūnanga o Kaikōura as Papatipu Rūnanga that hold mana whenua for the Kaikōura takiwā to discuss the options. The Council is also seeking input and views from the wider community in order to be able to make an informed decision by the 21st May deadline.

If you wish to provide any feedback please do so through our online submission form or download this form and email kdc@kaikoura.govt.nz or post to
The Chief Executive,
Kaikōura District Council
Please state in your submission if you support or oppose this proposal, reasons for your view and if you would like to speak to the Council in support of your submission.
Submissions must be received by Council by 18 April 2021.

1 April, 2021