Information of the Māori Ward
Māori wards or constituencies guarantee Māori representation on a local authority and provides for Māori participation in council decision-making required under the Local Government Act 2002. Tararua District Council has introduced a Māori Ward for the 2022 local government election and seeks to have one councillor elected.
Where Māori wards have been established then the following applies:
- Any eligible person is able to stand for both our Māori or general wards.
- A person does not need to be of Māori descent or be on the Māori electoral roll to stand for our Māori ward.
- A person standing for our Māori ward must be nominated by two electors from the ward the person is standing in, the same as for the general roll (our Māori ward comprises the whole of the Tararua District).
Only those electors on the Māori electoral roll are able to vote for those candidates standing for our Māori ward. Similarly, only those on the general roll are able to vote for those candidates standing for a general ward.
For those yet to enrol before 08 October 2022 you will have the choice to enrol on the general or Māori rolls. For those already enrolled on either the general or Māori roll and you wish to change you will not be able to do so until 2024.
If you would like any more information on enrolling on the Māori roll or standing for election in our Māori ward then please contact the following: