7 May 2010

Effectiveness of Maori representation bill questioned

6:21 am on 7 May 2010

Local Government New Zealand is questioning whether a member's bill calling for Maori representation on local body groups would actually have the desired outcome.

Maori Party MP Te Ururoa Flavell's member's bill, drawn from the ballot on Thursday, would require all local bodies to establish Maori wards.

The bill proposes district, city and regional councils establish constituencies to provide for Maori representation.

Local Government New Zealand's spokesperson Mike Reid is warning the one size fits all approach won't achieve the desired Maori representation throughout the country.

He says in many regions the number of Maori is too small to generate a seat.