No vote quashes seat for Maori
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.