Labour’s MP for Ōtaki Terisa Ngobi has welcomed the Horowhenua District Council decision to add a Māori Ward. for the 2022 local body election.
Councillors voted unanimously to support the establishment of a Māori Ward, which will take effect for the 2022 and 2025 elections.
By way of survey, the Horowhenua community recently had their say on whether or not its Council should proceed with establishing a Māori Ward in Horowhenua.
The survey attracted 227 responses; the majority (178) indicated they were in support of establishing a Māori Ward. Members of the public were invited to speak at the May 19 Extraordinary meeting of Council and the response was universally in favour.
MP Ngobi says:
“This is a significant step forward for our local Māori community. I know how important it is to have diversity around our council table, and the implementation of a Māori ward continues this work.
“This is about ensuring partnership with Māori and a place at the decision-making table.”
“I’m proud of our Government’s work in this space, with the passing of the “Local Electoral (Māori Wards and Māori Constituencies) Amendment Bill” making it easier for local councils to implement a Māori ward.”