Maori Community Development Act 1962

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19 Elections of Maori Committees
  • (1) On the last Saturday in February in the year 1964 and on the corresponding day in every third year thereafter an election of members of Maori Committees shall be held.

    (2) Notwithstanding the provisions of subsection (1), if in any year it is not practicable to hold an election in any Maori Committee area on the day prescribed in that subsection, the election shall be held in that area on a day not earlier than 7 days before the prescribed day and not later than 14 days after the prescribed day.

    (3) All Maoris of or over the age of 20 years ordinarily resident in a Maori Committee area shall be entitled to vote at elections for members of the Maori Committee for that area.

    (4) Any person of or over the age of 20 years, whether or not he is a Maori, ordinarily resident in the Maori Committee area shall be eligible for election:

    provided that any person not ordinarily resident in the area shall be eligible for election if he has marae affiliations in the area; but no person shall be entitled to be a member of more than 1 Maori Committee at any one time.

    (5) All elections under this section shall be held in accordance with regulations under this Act.

    (6) Notwithstanding any other provision of this Act or of any regulations made under this Act, where the members of any Maori Committee (being a committee revived after being in recess) will have been in office for less than 6 months on the date fixed by this section for the election of Maori Committees, no election of members of that Committee shall be held on that date if the District Maori Council concerned has by resolution determined that no such election be held and, in such case, the members of that Committee in office on that date shall continue in office as if they had been elected on that date.

    Section 19(3): amended, on 1 January 1971, by section 6 of the Age of Majority Act 1970 (1970 No 137).

    Section 19(4): amended, on 1 January 1971, by section 6 of the Age of Majority Act 1970 (1970 No 137).

    Section 19(4) proviso: inserted, on 22 October 1963, by section 5 of the Maori Community Development Amendment Act 1963 (1963 No 53).

    Section 19(6): inserted, on 17 December 1971, by section 11 of the Maori Purposes Act 1971 (1971 No 151).