Tag Archive: Local Government

No chance of Maori wards

Today, the results came in for the Palmerston North City Council referendum on whether to establish a Māori ward, and with 68% voting no, the results were overwhelmingly against. 

And, I think that just about does it for any councils ever voting in favour of Māori wards.

While there are the Māori seats that Māori can register to vote in during the general elections, local councils have no such feature, and many were hoping to phase it in several districts.

Over the past week, however, Palmerston North, Manawatu, and Whakatane have all voted against Māori wards.

However, I saw Palmerston North as the last opportunity for Māori wards to happen.

Palmerston North is New Zealand’s seventh biggest city and a highly liberal area. It’s both a stronghold for Labour and the left.

If a referendum can’t succeed in such a liberal area, where can it succeed?

Paul Eagle – Meet the Newbies

In episode nine of Meet the Newbies, I chat with the new Rongotai MP Paul Eagle in a fifteen minute interview. We talk about his experience in Local Government, being Labour’s first Maori male candidate to win a general seat, and why he looks up to the incredible Hulk.

COMING UP ON FRIDAY: I talk with Matt King, who won Northland off kingmaker Winston Peters.

Rongotai MP Paul Eagle