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

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  1. To me it’s a new opportunity for representation rather the same old which in my view is not forward thinking especially the ground swell of negativity from the establishment majority with the scare tactics which portray no creative thinking which promotes exclusive as l rather than we.Its like you can be apart of the system but we set the rules tho you may call it fair and clear the new rules makes it fairer for the minority to have a voice the bigger picture is it create a partnership which may be harder and recognize tanga whenua as a reliable option sounds exciting may be it means true accountability which could be a challenge on the establishment.Lets get over the same old let’s rise to the challenge this may bring to me its clear Maori are not going away l want to participate under this a new opportunity for representation for tangata whenua. Just remember it an opportunity that will make a difference and l understand it may not fit into your agenda yet thats the difference between we and l. Don’t be afraid of us we want to participate the founding document of this country has given us true partnership to be true thats really a dream that can happen. Take care let’s be kind to one another and not to be afraid of the future with its welcomed challenges.

  2. Your letter makes no sense so it’s very hard to see what you’re actually arguing
    The majority in NZ have almost always voted down seperarate ethnic representation.
    I would be very surprised if anything changed but would be very happy to have a binding referendum to find out
    I believe it’s called democracy

  3. Projections are that proportion of Maori in population in Hawkes Bay will increase. Consistency with national voting system I think is very positive.

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