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Local Govt Commission over-rides Rotorua’s undemocratic voting model – but what will Labour-majority Parliament do?

16/04/2022

Tepid resistance to the racist attack on democratic government in NZ

Point of Order

Kiwiblog today reports that the Local Government Commission has completed a determination for Rotorua which will result in three Māori Ward Councillors being elected, but without sacrificing equality of suffrage.

As Kiwiblog tells us, the commission favours –

  • An urban general ward – 48,410 people elect six councillors – 8,068 population per councillor.
  • A Māori ward – 21,700 people elect three councillors – 7,233 population per councillor.
  • A rural general ward – 7,200 people elect one councillor – 7,200 population per councillor.

This means the commission has rejected Rotorua Lakes Council’s model which comprised one Māori ward seat, one general ward seat and eight at-large seats.

To implement the council model, special legislation has been introduced to Parliament to over-ride requirements of the Local Elections Act.

The local bill, the Rotorua District Council (Representation Arrangements) Bill, passed its first reading in Parliament last week and is being examined by a Parliamentary select committee.

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