Clause 3 sets out the purposes of the Bill, which are—
Clause 4 provides that the Act is to be read in conjunction with the Local Government Act 1974 and the Local Government Act 2002.
Establishment of Māori wards and constituencies
Clause 5 states that this Part amends the Local Electoral Act 2001.
Clause 6 amends section 5 by repealing the definitions of Māori constituency and Māori ward and substituting new definitions as a consequence of the amendments made by clause 9.
Clause 7 amends section 19H as a consequence of the amendments made by clause 9.
Clause 8 amends section 19I as a consequence of the amendments made by clause 9.
Clause 9 repeals sections 19Z to 19ZH and substitutes new sections 19Z to 19ZD, which provide for the establishment of Māori wards by territorial authorities and of Māori constituencies by regional councils.
Clause 10 amends section 19ZI as a consequence of the amendments made by clause 9.
Clause 11 repeals sections 24A to 24F and substitutes new sections 24A to 24D, which provide for the electoral rights of electors in Māori wards and constituencies.
Clause 12 amends the regulation making powers in section 139(1)(la) as a consequence of the amendments made by clause 9.
Clause 13(1) repeals Schedule 1A.
Clause 13(2) repeals the Bay of Plenty Regional Council (Māori Constituency Empowering) Act 2001.
Māori representation on Local Government Commission
Clause 14 states that this Part amends the Local Government Act 2002.
Clause 15 amends section 33(2)(b) to provide that 1 member of the Local Government Commission is to be appointed with the agreement of the Minister of Māori Affairs.