May 10, 2021

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National to decide on Māori seats

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The Cabinet is expected to reject Māori seats on the Auckland Super City council today. This follows a week marked by disquiet within National, and Act leader Rodney Hide admitting he had told Prime Minister John Key he would resign as Minister of Local Government rather than have his name on legislation introducing the seats. Māori Affairs Minister Pita Sharples and Mr Hide will present a joint paper pleading their cases when the Cabinet discusses the issue today.

Dr Sharples is expected to argue for at least two Māori seats and Mr Hide for none. Although Dr Sharples has watered down his initial proposal, the Cabinet is expected to stand by its initial reaction to the Royal Commission on Auckland Governance’s recommendations and not include Māori seats.

It is not known whether a final decision will be made or announced or whether Mr Key will wait until the select committee considering the Super City has reported back.

He would not comment yesterday.

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  1. Councils split on letting Maori have special Super City seats

    Auckland councils are divided on Maori seats on the Auckland Super City authority.

    The Auckland Regional Council supports two Maori seats and Auckland City Council is opposed. Other councils, such as North Shore, Waitakere, Manukau and Papakura, are sitting on the fence.

    A poll of 400 residents in Waitakere found 42 per cent supported Maori seats and 44 per cent opposed.

    There are two Maori camps. The first supports the recommendation of the Royal Commission on Auckland Governance for two seats elected from the Maori roll and one mana whenua appointed by iwi. Urban Maori leaders, such as John Tamihere and Willie Jackson, are pushing the interests of their constituency under this model.

    The second camp, led by Ngati Whatua and Tainui, wants two mana whenua seats with the candidates chosen by an electoral college and elected via the Maori roll.

    Few submitters objected to Maori seats when the Auckland governance select committee heard public submissions last month.

    One powerful business group, the Employers and Manufacturers (Northern), supported three Maori seats.


    Where Auckland councils stand on Maori seats for the Auckland Super City

    Auckland City Council – opposed.
    Manukau City Council – supports, but wants Maori to determine method and numbers.
    North Shore City Council – supports consideration of Maori seats.
    Waitakere City Council – supports, but wants Government to decide.
    Auckland Regional Council – supports two Maori seats.
    Papakura District Council – opposed, but wants mana whenua (tribal) forum to involve Maori in decision-making.
    Franklin District Council – no position.
    Rodney District Council – no position.

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