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"We're restoring local democracy": Govt is "fully aligned" with Māori ward legislation

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Newstalk ZB,
Publish Date
Fri, 5 Apr 2024, 7:54am
Photo / Mark Mitchell
Photo / Mark Mitchell

"We're restoring local democracy": Govt is "fully aligned" with Māori ward legislation

Author
Newstalk ZB,
Publish Date
Fri, 5 Apr 2024, 7:54am

The Government says it's fully aligned around the coalition commitment to make a U-turn on Māori wards.  

A new bill requires the provision of Māori wards to be decided by community referendum, beginning with the next local body election.  

It reverses legislation from the previous Government that brought Māori wards into line with other wards and protected Māori seats from being disestablished or vetoed by referendum. 

Local Government Minister Simeon Brown told Mike Hosking that the Government's working as quickly as it can to instate the legislation from 2028.  

He says some councils that don't wish to poll ahead of the next local election, have the ability to reverse the decision to establish Māori wards in the interim. 

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