Gisborne Council – Māori Wards

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We want your views on whether Council should establish Māori wards.

In 2002 the Government amended the Local Electoral Act, giving councils the ability to divide their district/region into one or more Māori wards based on the Māori and General electoral populations of the district.

Similar to the Māori Parliamentary seats, Māori wards establish areas where only those on the Māori electoral roll vote for the candidates. They sit beside the General ward(s), which also cover the whole district. Electors on the General electoral roll only vote for candidates from the General ward(s). All electors from all wards vote for the Mayor.