Maori seat sup­ported

Otago Daily Times - - General - — NZN

Auck­land: Auck­land coun­cil­lors have voted in prin­ci­ple to es­tab­lish a Maori seat for the city’s next elec­tion.

But they say a law re­strict­ing the number of mem­bers on the coun­cil’s gov­ern­ing body needs to be changed first to make room.

Cur­rently, the coun­cil has 20 po­si­tions and can es­tab­lish a sep­a­rate Maori ward, but it legally can­not ex­pand the to­tal number of wards.

With the coun­cil un­will­ing to re­duce the number of gen­eral wards to 19, a Maori seat will now be con­tin­gent on the Gov­ern­ment chang­ing the law gov­ern­ing the coun­cil’s size.

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