The Hastings, Napier and Regional Councils are now consulting on how you would like to see your elected councillors apportioned going forward.
In the case of HDC and HBRC, these are official consultations triggered by decisions made earlier this year to add dedicated Māori seats to those two councils.
HDC proposes to add three dedicated Māori seats (to be called the Takitimu ward), whose representatives would elected only by those registered on the Māori roll (giving HDC a total of 15 councillors plus mayor).
Under the proposal, electors on the Māori roll would vote for (up to) three candidates standing in the Takitimu Māori ward and also the mayor.
Twelve members would be elected from the other five wards. This would be a reduction of the current number of members from those wards – the Flaxmere ward would reduce from two to one representative, and there would be seven rather than eight councillors for the Hastings/Havelock North ward.
Consultation information is here for the HDC review. Closes 1 October.
HBRC’s proposal would add two dedicated Māori seats, creating ‘Northern’ and ‘Southern’ constituencies, with those reps elected only by those registered on the Māori roll (giving HBRC a total of 11 councillors).
Consultation information is here for the HBRC review. Closes 3 October.
The new arrangements for HDC and HBRC would take place at the regular 2022 local body elections.
Napier City Council has not yet made a decision regarding dedicated Māori seats, but is now consulting on the matter, planning to make the decision in October. Whatever the outcome of this consultation and subsequent NCC decision, no change would occur until the 2025 council elections, preceded by a full-blown representation review like those now underway at HDC and HBRC.
Information is here for the NCC consultation, which closes 10 September