24 Nov 2011

Nelson Maori ward decision 'broke law'

2:37 pm on 24 November 2011

Nelson City Council is to seek a legal opinion after a claim it has breached laws by deciding to establish a Maori ward.

The council is under fire from some ratepayers who say they were not consulted on the move.

A Nelson lawyer has now told the council its decision has breached the Local Electoral Act and Local Government Act.

The council says it voted for a Maori ward following legal and other advice but will get an independent opinion.