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Have your say on Māori Wards

The previous Government attempted to hijack local democracy by letting politicians set the rules of the game when it comes to Māori wards. Nanaia Mahuta removed the ability of local ratepayers to force Councils to hold a binding referendum on Māori wards, allowing them to be implemented without a democratic mandate from the local community.

This is in stark contrast to the long-standing convention that electors can vote on, and veto, fundamental changes to local voting systems.

The final decision makers on local government electoral rules should be local people, not politicians.

The Government's new Local Government Amendment Bill will restore local democratic decision making and allow residents and ratepayers to voice their view via a referendum.

Submissions close at 11:59 Wednesday 29 May 2024

Send through your submission in favour of the Bill below (you can customise our suggested wording below).

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