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Rotorua Mayor: A pause is sensible to complete policy work on controversial local electoral bill

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Newstalk ZB,
Publish Date
Thu, 28 Apr 2022, 6:25pm
Rotorua Mayor Steve Chadwick (Photo / Newspix)
Rotorua Mayor Steve Chadwick (Photo / Newspix)

Rotorua Mayor: A pause is sensible to complete policy work on controversial local electoral bill

Author
Newstalk ZB,
Publish Date
Thu, 28 Apr 2022, 6:25pm

Assurances the door is still open for a controversial bill which would boost Maori seats in Rotorua.

The local bill would allow an equal number of Maori and general seats - granting both sides three sets a piece.

But an Attorney-General report earlier this week dubbed the bill in its current form is discriminatory.

Progress on the bill has been halted.

Rotorua Mayor Steve Chadwick told Heather du Plessis-Allan a pause is sensible to complete policy work.

“The bill is about the right way forward for Rotorua. We’re committed to working through the parliamentary process and if a delay is needed, then we’ll get the work done.”

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