Council voted to establish Māori wards in May 2021. It is a practical demonstration of our commitment to tangata whenua, and it better reflects the needs and aspirations of the Far North community, half of which identifies as Māori.
Candidates standing for election in a Māori ward do not need to be of Māori descent, but must be nominated by two electors from the Māori electoral roll within that Māori ward.
Those on the Māori electoral roll can vote for someone standing in their Māori ward. Those on the general electoral roll can vote for someone standing in their general ward.
Councillors elected to represent Māori wards sign the same oath as other councillors. When making decisions as a councillor, they represent all the people of the Far North, just as general councillors do.