About Māori representation in local government
In our Parliament there are seven seats reserved for Māori Members of Parliament (MPs). The Māori MPs are elected by people that are on the Māori electoral roll.
If you are of Māori descent, you can choose to be on either the general electoral roll or the Māori electoral roll.
There are seven Māori electorates (regions where a person can stand for election) in Aotearoa New Zealand.
Each electorate equals one seat in Parliament.
See how the 120 MP seats are divided.
Since 2002 local governments have also had the opportunity to introduce something similar at the local level.
Any council that wants to introduce Māori councillors is allowed to, but in the past referenda have frequently overturned these decisions. The law was changed in 2022 so that councils could decide to have Māori councillors and not have their decision overturned.
Māori seats for Auckland Council
By the next local elections in 2025, it is possible we will have Māori councillors in Tāmaki Makaurau.
A decision on Māori seats for Auckland Council is significant.
It is about how Māori are represented in Tāmaki Makaurau, and how Aucklanders are represented by their Governing Body.
Auckland Council wants to hear your views on establishing Māori seats on the Governing Body for the 2025 local elections.
Read more about this upcoming consultation on OurAuckland.
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