He pire tēnei ki te whakakore i tērā ārai ki te whakatū rohe poti Māori. E tika ana kia whakarahi ake ngā kanohi Māori hei māngai mā tātou i runga i ngā kaunihera.
This Members’ Bill will ensure that the process for establishing Māori wards at a local government level is equitable and fair, and honours our commitments under Te Tiriti o Waitangi.
At the moment, establishing Māori wards can be put to a referendum, but general wards can’t be – they’re decided on by councils. This is an unfair double standard, and works to limit Māori representation at a local government level throughout the country.
This bill removes the double standard by making the process for territorial authorities and regional councils to establish Māori wards and constituencies the same as the process for general wards and constituencies. It will require councils to consider, at least once every 6 years, whether to establish Māori wards and Māori constituencies.
Mai rā nō ka whawhai Te Rōpū Kākāriki ki te whakamana i Te Tiriti o Waitangi. Ka tū anō te Rōpū Kākāriki me tō mātou kaha ki te hāpai i ngā kaupapa Māori me te mana o Te Tiriti.