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Māori wards

We want everyone to understand what Māori wards are and what they will mean for Napier before we ask you to have your say from August 16 on whether or not they should be adopted. Find all the information you need to know here.

Ka noho tahi ngā rohe pōti Māori ki ngā rohe pōti whānui i tētahi tāone, rohe rānei. Nā konā i taea nei te tautapahia o tētahi māngai ki te kaunihera ā-rohe e te hunga kei te rārangi pōti Māori . He āhua ōrite nei ngā rohe pōti Māori ki ngā tūru Māori ki te Pāremata.

Ko te whāinga o ngā rohe pōti Māori he whakaū i te wāhi ki ngā māngai Māori i roto i ngā rangatōpū ā-rohe.

Kua puta ngā panonitanga a te Kāwanatanga kia riro mā ngā kaunihera ā-rohe anō e whakatau mēnā rānei ka whai rohe pōti Māori tōna tāone, tōna rohe rānei. E kōrerorero tahi ana mātau ki tō mātau hapori i mua i tā mātau whakatau i tēnei take.

E rima tau ki muri te rongotanga ōkawa whakamutunga i te hapori mō ngā rohe pōti Māori ki Ahuriri. He mea nui kia rangona ngā whakaaro o te hapori katoa ināianei, i mua i tā mātau whakatau i tēnei take ka pā nui mai nei ki a tātau.

E kōrerorero tahi ana mātau ināianei ki tō mātau hapori me te whakapakari i te mōhio ki te pānga o ngā rohe pōti Māori ki Ahuriri, e tau pai ai te iwi ki te tuku i ō rātau whakaaro i mua i te whakatau. Ka tuwhera ngā tono hei ā Hepetema, ā, he huarahi tēnā e ahei ai te tukua o ngā whakaaro e te katoa.

Māori wards sit alongside general wards in a city or a district. They allow voters on the Māori roll to elect a representative to their local council. Māori wards work in a similar way to Māori seats in Parliament. 

The aim of Māori wards is to make sure Māori are represented in local government decision making.

The Government has made changes to let local councils decide whether or not to have Māori wards in their city or district. We are consulting with our community before making a decision.

The last time we heard formally from the community about Māori wards for Napier was five years ago, it’s important to hear from everyone in our community now before we make a decision that will affect all of us.

We are engaging now with our community to build knowledge of what Māori wards will mean for Napier so people are in a good position to give their feedback before a decision is made. Submissions will open in September and will be an opportunity for everyone to share their views.

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