Maori Wards FAQ
None. The level of Māori representation on Council since 1989 has been disproportionate to Waipā’s Māori population.
15 per cent (based on the 2018 census).
What is the difference between a Māori Ward councillor and the four iwi representatives (Te Konohi) that already sit on four Council committees?
Te Kanohi were chosen following a selection and interview process facilitated by Iwi and Mana Whenua. They were not elected by voters.
There is a Te Kanohi representative on each of the following four committees: Strategic Planning and Policy Committee, Finance and Corporate Committee, Service Delivery Committee and Regulatory Committee.
Te Kanohi can only be appointed to Council Committees, not to Council itself.
That is up to the incoming Council after the October 2022 elections. The current Te Kanohi appointments run through to October 2022.
Every three years when a new Council gets elected, one of the first things that happens is the establishment of any committees. That process also covers the membership of those committees, including any appointments of Te Kanohi.
Yes. A Māori ward Councillor, like every other Councillor, would have just one vote around the Council table.
In October 2017. Instead of having a Māori Ward, Elected Members voted to direct staff to look at options for improving engagement with Māori.
A new set of Elected Members (a new Council) has now been elected.
Recent law changes also mean councils can now consider whether or not they wish to establish a Māori ward for the 2022 elections, without the potential for a binding poll generated by just five per cent of electors.
A binding poll was never an option when establishing general wards; binding polls were only ever an option for Māori wards.
No. For Waipā District Council, based on the calculation in the Local Electoral Act 2001, there could only be one Māori ward, with one member
No. A Māori ward candidate does not need to be on the Māori electoral roll.
No. Only voters on the Māori roll would be able to vote for a Māori ward councillor. Voters on the general electoral roll would continue to vote for candidates contesting general wards.
No. All Councillors, whether elected from General or Māori Wards, are charged with representing the entire district.
Yes. Bay of Plenty Regional Council, Waikato Regional Council and Wairoa District Council already have Maori wards.
It will be taken into account, along with a range of other issues, when Councillors make their decision on whether or not to establish a Māori ward.
We are currently consulting with Iwi, however, when previously considered Iwi in general, strongly supported a Māori ward.
Does Waipā’s District Council’s Iwi Consultative Committee support the establishment of a Maori ward?
Yes. The Iwi Consultative Committee supported the creation of a Māori ward when it was last considered in 2017. They will consider this again when they meet in April.
As part of Council’s usual representation review, yes.
19 May 2021