Former Northland councillor wants referendum on Māori wards

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Newstalk ZB,
Publish Date
Fri, 20 Nov 2020, 10:47AM
Former NRC deputy chairman John Bain delivers his resignation at the council's Maōri constituencies meeting last month. (Photo / Susan Botting)
Former NRC deputy chairman John Bain delivers his resignation at the council's Maōri constituencies meeting last month. (Photo / Susan Botting)

Former Northland councillor wants referendum on Māori wards

Author
Newstalk ZB,
Publish Date
Fri, 20 Nov 2020, 10:47AM

Māori wards on local councils are continuing to be a contentious issue in Northland.

Three local councils have voted in favour of the wards, prompting John Bain to resign as a regional councillor in protest.

Now he's launching petitions to get the councils to do a poll of ratepayers.

He told Mike Hosking that he resigned after there was a vote against holding a referendum on this.

"I believe the councils have to be logical and take the constituencies that they have, and have a vote for the whole community on what they should do."

Bain says a referendum on this in New Plymouth saw a 83 percent vote against introducing them. 

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