Vote goes against Maori wards

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Re­sults of a bind­ing poll show Western Bay elec­tors have voted against Ma¯ ori rep­re­sen­ta­tion around the Coun­cil ta­ble.

In November 2017, the ma­jor­ity of coun­cil­lors ( 9 for, 3 against) voted to es­tab­lish one or more Ma¯ ori wards as part of a six- yearly rep­re­sen­ta­tion re­view that legally re­quires Coun­cil to con­sider Ma¯ ori rep­re­sen­ta­tion.

How­ever an in­de­pen­dent pe­ti­tion from over 5 per cent of Western Bay Dis­trict elec­tors who op­posed the­move was handed to Coun­cil in Fe­bru­ary

2018, re­quir­ing a poll.

As a re­sult, a poll, which in­volved vot­ing pa­pers sent to all el­i­gi­ble elec­tors on both the Gen­eral and Maori Par­lia­men­tary Elec­toral Rolls, opened on April 27 and closed at mid­day on Satur­day, May 19.

The re­sults show elec­tors do not want Maori wards in the Western Bay. Voter turnout was around 40 per cent of el­i­gi­ble elec­tors.

21.63 per cent of elec­tors who voted were for Maori wards.

78.08 per cent of elec­tors who voted were against Maori wards.

Mayor Garry Web­ber says he ac­cepts the re­sult of the poll.

“In an­nounc­ing its de­ci­sion in November last year Coun­cil ac­knowl­edged that not ev­ery­one would agree.

“We were also clear that due process, which in­cluded the call for a poll, would be fol­lowed and the re­sult of that process re­spected.

“To­day’s re­sult, which is bind­ing for the 2019 and 2022 elec­tions, is clear so it’s time for Coun­cil to move on with the rest of the rep­re­sen­ta­tion re­view.”

The next phase of the rep­re­sen­ta­tion re­view fo­cuses on whether cur­rent rep­re­sen­ta­tion ar­range­ments — Mayor, 11 Coun­cil­lors, three wards, five com­mu­nity boards and 20 com­mu­nity board mem­bers— pro­vides for fair and ef­fec­tive rep­re­sen­ta­tion, or if changes can be made to im­prove the Dis­trict’s rep­re­sen­ta­tion.

Coun­cil is con­sid­er­ing feed­back and will go back to the com­mu­nity with an ini­tial pro­posal for fu­ture rep­re­sen­ta­tion ar­range­ments in the sec­ond half of 2018.

To­day’s re­sult, which is bind­ing for the 2019 and 2022 elec­tions, is clear so it’s time for Coun­cil to move on with the rest of the rep­re­sen­ta­tion re­view.’

MAYOR GARRY WEB­BER

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