Consultation on whether to establish Māori Constituencies for Hawke’s Bay Regional Council

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The Council is seeking the views of the regional community on whether to establish Māori constituencies for voters on the Māori roll to elect councillors on to the Regional Council.

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The Council is seeking the views of the regional community on whether to establish Māori constituencies for voters on the Māori roll to elect councillors on to the Regional Council. 

The purpose of the consultation is to inform a Regional Council decision in May 2021 about whether to establish Māori  seats at the Regional Council table in time for the 2022 election.

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Council is not taking a position on whether it supports the establishment of Māori constituencies for the 2022 elections - until it considers the feedback received from this consultation.

Council needs to make a decision by 21 May 2021 to take advantage of the transition period afforded by the Local Electoral (Māori wards and Māori constituencies) Amendment Act, passed by Parliament in February 2021.

Tell us what you think.

Make your submission online here

Learn more about the consultation

Read the Consultation document

Hawke’s Bay’s population is over one quarter Māori and 6.8% of our region’s population speak Te Reo Māori. The Regional Council is required under the Local Government Act 2002 to provide for Māori participation in Council’s decision-making. Māori participation is currently provided for in a range of ways and whether to extend this to dedicated Maori constituencies is the subject of this consultation.

Have a question? Our in-depth Q&As are full of useful information.

Q&As can be found here

Māori constituencies would ensure Māori are guaranteed  representation on the Regional Council – in addition to Council’s existing methods to engage with Māori.

Māori constituencies provide another avenue for issues of priority, concern or interest to Māori to be more directly brought to the Regional Council and can be expected to bring a distinct Māori perspective to the decision-making table.

Māori constituencies may encourage more Māori to participate in local elections by standing for office and voting.

Do you think it’s time for Māori constituencies for Hawke’s Bay Regional Council?

The Council is seeking the views of the Hawke’s Bay community on whether to establish Māori constituencies for the 2022 elections.

Have your say by filling in the submission form here. Submissions close 22 April.  

Useful links:

Māori Committee
Regional Planning Committee

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Helpful videos

  1. Is it time for Māori constituencies for Hawke's Bay Regional Council?
  2. What are Māori constituencies?
  3. Why is Council consulting on the Māori constituencies, and why now?

Consultation starts - 22 March 2021

Consultation ends - 22 April 2021

Submission hearings - 3 & 4 May

Deliberations - 19 May 2021

Public notice of initial proposal - 8 September 2021

Deliberations on initial proposal - October 2021

Public notice of final Representation Arrangements - by 19 November 2021

Documentation of the Council process provided to the Local Government Commission - by 15 January 2022

Local Government Commission issue determination - by 11 April 2022

Local Government elections - 8 October 2022

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