Gordon Campbell | Parliament TV | Parliament Today | Video | Questions Of the Day | Search


United Future and Maori representation on local bo

United Future and Maori representation on local bodies

United Future MP, Larry Baldock, says the party does not believe the plans in the Local Government Bill to establish separate Maori wards on local bodies will achieve the goal of improving Maori input at local body level.

Speaking after a Parliamentary select committee had reported the controversial Bill back to Parliament, Mr Baldock said “We believe the process already underway to introduce the STV (Single Transferable Vote) voting system is the best first step to give Maori the opportunity to gain seats upon councils.

“We are concerned about the situation allowing a process of citizen-initiated referenda on two issues, Maori wards and STV, that are intended to accomplish similar objectives. We feel this could lead to unnecessary expense to the ratepayers of New Zealand.

“While there are sufficient numbers of Maori enrolled on the Maori roll to initiate referenda in many local body areas, it is unlikely that a successful referendum result would be achieved in almost all electorates across the country,” he said.

“We are concerned that the debate has the potential to divide communities over Treaty issues and would be detrimental to positive progress being made in addressing Treaty realities in many communities.

“STV offers all New Zealanders an opportunity to seek representation and has been recommended because of the opinion that it is supposed to favour population minorities, thereby allowing real opportunities for Maori to gain election to seats in councils across the nation.

“We believe this should be given an opportunity to be tested for the next two local body elections before opening the door to more complicated procedures of separate Maori seats,” concluded Mr Baldock.

© Scoop Media

Parliament Headlines | Politics Headlines | Regional Headlines

Decision Day: Peters Chooses Labour

Winston Peters says he will form a Government in coalition with Labour and the Greens giving confidence and supply.

Peters said he had been offered the position of Deputy Prime Minister and a number of other ministerial posts would go to his colleagues

He said economic and monetary policy changes were needed to face a coming economic downturn.>>>More


Labour on its agreement |Peters: Post-Election Announcement Speech | Greenpeace “cautiously hopeful” about new Government | ACT - Madman on the loose | E tū ecstatic | Chamber welcomes the outcome


Climate: Increasing Greenhouse Emissions Hit NZ

New Zealand is seeing impacts of excess greenhouse gas emissions in our climate and oceans, according to the latest national report from the Ministry for the Environment and Stats NZ about the state of the atmosphere and climate…More>>


Wellington.Scoop: Arrests At Blockade Of "Weapons Expo"

“We encourage people in Wellington to get down to the Westpac Stadium now for a day of awesome peace action. There will be plenty of food, music and activities to keep us sustained through the day.” More>>


Rorschach Restructuring: PSA Taking Inland Revenue To Court Over Psychometrics

The Public Service Association will be seeing Inland Revenue in Employment Court over its intention to psychometrically test employees reapplying for their roles at the department as part of its controversial Business Transformation restructuring plan. More>>


Nuclear Disarmament: Nobel Peace Prize 2017 Awarded To ICAN

Congratulations from iCAN Aotearoa New Zealand to international iCAN, the other iCAN national campaigns and partner organisations, and the countless organisations and individuals who have worked so hard for a nuclear weapons-free world since 1945. More>>


Expenses: Waikato DHB CEO Resigns

An independent inquiry has identified that Dr Murray had spent more than the agreed $25K allocated for relocation costs, and other unauthorized expenses involving potential financial breaches of the chief executive’s obligations. More>>


Wellington.Scoop: Sad About The Trolley Buses?

The Regional Council’s MetLink is today spending money to tell us that it really loves Wellington’s trolley buses, even though they’re all being taken off our roads by the end of this month. More>>


Post-Election: Preliminary Coalition Talks Begin

New Zealand First will hold post-election preliminary discussions in Wellington with the National Party tomorrow morning and the Labour Party tomorrow afternoon. More>>




Featured InfoPages

Opening the Election