Hon Mita Ririnui, in Committee, to move the following amendments:
Clause 4 is amended by inserting the following definitions in their appropriate alphabetical order:
Maori electoral district has the same meaning as in section 3(1) of the Electoral Act 1993.
Maori electoral population has the same meaning as in section 3(1) of the Electoral Act 1993.
Maori ward means a Maori ward created in accordance with section 8.
Clause 8(1) is amended by inserting
“, and Maori members as provided for in this Act” after the number
Clause 8 is amended by inserting the following subsections after subsection (3):
“(5) If the number of the Maori ward members (other than the mayor) calculated under subsection (3) includes a fraction, the fraction must be disregarded unless it exceeds a half. If the fraction exceeds a half, the number of Maori ward members must be the next whole number above the number that includes the fraction.
“(6) If there is any inconsistency between the provisions of this section and any provisions of the Local Government Act 1974 or the Local Government Act 2002 or the Local Electoral Act 2001 or the Local Government (Tamaki Makaurau) Reorganisation) Act 2009, or of this Act or of any regulations made under the Local Government Act 1974 or the Local Government Act 2002 or the Local Electoral Act 2001 or the Local Government (Tamaki Makaurau) Reorganisation) Act 2009 or this Act, this section prevails.”
These amendments ensure that the new Auckland Council will include Maori members elected in proportion to the number of Maori in Auckland on the Maori electoral roll.
The provisions are modelled on those for determining the number of Maori seats on territorial authorities under Schedule 1A of the Local Electoral Act 2001.