Local Electoral Act 2001

  • This version was replaced on 13 April 2017 to make corrections to clauses 2(1) and 4(1) of Schedule 1A under section 25(1)(k) of the Legislation Act 2012.

Māori wards and Māori constituencies

Heading: inserted, on 25 December 2002, by section 6 of the Local Electoral Amendment Act 2002 (2002 No 85).

19Z Territorial authority or regional council may resolve to establish Māori wards or Māori constituencies

(1)

Any territorial authority may resolve that the district be divided into 1 or more Māori wards for electoral purposes.

(2)

Any regional council may resolve that the region be divided into 1 or more Māori constituencies for electoral purposes.

(3)

A resolution under this section,—

(a)

if made after a triennial general election but no later than 23 November of the year that is 2 years before the next triennial general election, takes effect, subject to paragraph (c), for the purposes of the next triennial general election of the territorial authority or regional council; and

(b)

in any other case, takes effect, subject to paragraph (c), for the purposes of the next but one triennial general election; and

(c)

in either case, takes effect for 2 triennial general elections of the territorial authority or regional council, and any associated election, and continues in effect after that until either—

(i)

a further resolution under this section takes effect; or

(ii)

a poll of electors of the territorial authority or regional council held under section 19ZF takes effect.

(4)

This section is subject to section 19ZE and to clauses 2(5) and 4(4) of Schedule 1A.

(5)

In this section and in sections 19ZB to 19ZG, associated election, in relation to any 2 successive triennial general elections of a territorial authority or regional council, means—

(a)

any election to fill an extraordinary vacancy in the membership of the body concerned that is held—

(i)

between those elections; or

(ii)

after the second of those elections but before the subsequent triennial general election:

(b)

an election of the members of the body concerned under section 258I or 258M of the Local Government Act 2002 that is held—

(i)

between those elections; or

(ii)

after the second of those elections but before the subsequent triennial general election.

Section 19Z: inserted, on 25 December 2002, by section 6 of the Local Electoral Amendment Act 2002 (2002 No 85).

Section 19Z(4): amended, on 28 June 2006, by section 4 of the Local Electoral Amendment Act 2006 (2006 No 25).

Section 19Z(5)(b): amended, on 5 December 2012, by section 43 of the Local Government Act 2002 Amendment Act 2012 (2012 No 93).