No vote quashes seat for Maori

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Maori will not get a spe­cial seat on Wellington Re­gional Coun­cil.

Last week the coun­cil chose not to vote on a pro­posal es­tab­lish­ing sep­a­rate Maori rep­re­sen­ta­tion, ef­fec­tively killing it.

Coun­cil demo­cratic ser­vices man­ager Fran­cis Ryan said the coun­cil had to con­sider the is­sue once ev­ery three years, a year after one lo­cal body elec­tion and two years be­fore the next.

The pe­riod would leave time for a manda­tory rep­re­sen­ta­tion re­view if the coun­cil opted for sep­a­rate Maori seats.

Coun­cil chair­woman Fran Wilde moved that the coun­cil re­ceive and note the re­port’s con­tents, do­ing noth­ing more, and San­dra Greig sec­onded her mo­tion.

Had the coun­cil adopted the re­port’s rec­om­men­da­tions, the re­gion would have gained one Maori rep­re­sen­ta­tive and lost a gen­eral one.

Un­til Fe­bru­ary 28 next year, 5 per cent of the re­gional vot­ers could still de­mand a poll on Maori rep­re­sen­ta­tion.

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