Local Government (Electoral Legislation and Māori Wards and Māori Constituencies) Amendment Bill

Submission opposing amendments to the Local Electoral Act requiring local councils to hold binding referenda on decisions to establish Māori wards or constituencies

The MHF opposes this Bill. Mandating polls for Māori wards is discriminatory, in breach of Te Tiriti o Waitangi, and will result in a less representative local democracy. This Bill will negatively impact Māori wellbeing by suppressing the ability of whānau Māori to express tino rangatiratanga and mana motuhake on their whenua, and it will harm all of Aotearoa by inciting disunity and racist rhetoric against Māori.