Some Pacific leaders want electoral changes to provide designated seats for Pacific people in Parliament and on some city councils.
The call has come at three consultations with the government-appointed Constitutional Advisory Panel.
Panel member Bernice Mene says better representation especially in local government has been a common thread in all three consultations.
Consultation convenor Rev Uesifili Unasa says large Pacific populations in Auckland and Wellington are under-represented in central and local government.
He says poor statistics in education, health and housing show Pacific people need a greater influence over laws and policies that affect them.
Auckland councillor and former National Party MP Anae Arthur Anae disagrees, saying Pacific people are well-represented on Auckland Council and in Parliament.
The constitutional advisory panel expects to meet again with the Pacific groups in Auckland before submissions close in July.