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Māori election option will restrict choice of local voting next year

Report from LDR
Māori voters will only be able to vote for Māori ward candidates in the 2022 local elections if they are already on the Māori electoral roll – the next opportunity to switch rolls is not till 2024. Read more »

Cr Sparrow resigns from Wellington City Council

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News from WCC
Councillor Malcolm Sparrow has announced his resignation from the Wellington City Council. Cr Sparrow is a third-term city councillor representing the Takapu/Northern ward. He is Chair of the Council’s Regulatory Processes Committee. Read more »

240 submissions on Kapiti’s plan for 3 wards instead of 4

Press Release – Kapiti Coast District Council
Kapiti Coast District Mayor K Gurunathan is urging residents to have their say on the Council’s democratic model before consultation closes next Monday. Read more »

Hutt Central Ward by-election result

News from Hutt City Council
Final results are in from Lower Hutt’s by-election which closed on Friday. We can confirm Glenda Barratt is confirmed as new Central Ward Councillor. Read more »

Porirua’s new Māori ward to be named Parirua

News from Porirua City COuncil
A Māori ward honouring the original name for the area, and two general wards named for the two arms of our harbour is the plan proposed for Porirua City for future local government elections. Read more »

Centralism vs localism

by Felicity Wong
The Wellington City Council is consulting on its plan for “status quo plus one:” retaining its current electoral system and introducing a new Māori ward. The system of electing ward councillors is important because of the tension between centralism and localism. Read more »

Public’s views sought on shape of Kāpiti council for 2022

Press Release – Kāpiti Coast District Council
Kāpiti District Mayor K Gurunathan wants Kapiti residents to give their views on how they should be represented at the next local body elections. Read more »

WCC wants to keep all its wards, and add one more (a Māori ward)

News from Wellington City Council
Maintaining the current ward boundaries and increasing the total number of Councillors by one to 15 for future elections is being proposed for Wellington. Read more »

Hutt by-election extended to 24 September

Press Release – Hutt City Council
Due to the current Alert Level, Hutt City Council’s Electoral Officer has determined that the voting period for the Central Ward by-election will be extended by a fortnight to ensure electors have every opportunity to cast a vote. This decision is in line with the provisions of the Local Electoral Act 2001. Voting will now close at noon on Friday 24 September. Read more »

Wellington councillors offer four options for electoral changes

News from WCC
The Wellington City Council today approved community consultation for its Representation Review Initial Proposal, a requirement following its decision in May to establish a Māori ward. Read more »

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