Time running out to vote on Maori wards
Western Bay of Plenty electors have until Saturday to have their say on whether or not the district council should establish Maori wards.
The Western Bay of Plenty District Council is holding a binding poll to see whether the racially-segregated wards should be introduced for the next two triennial elections in 2019 and in 2022.
Voting documents have been sent to all electors on the district’s electoral roll (both the general and Maori parliamentary rolls). Electors have until noon on May 19 to return these documents.
If you believe you are eligible to vote but haven’t received a voting document contact the electoral office for a special vote - 0800 922 822.
The poll has come about because in November 2017 Western Bay councillors voted to establish one or more Maori wards.
Consequently, an independent petition from over five per cent of Western Bay electors who opposed the decision was handed to the council, triggering the poll.
Completed documents can be returned by post, or hand delivered to a ballot box at one of the council’s service centres (Barkes Corner, Te Puke, Waihi Beach, Katikati, and Omokoroa).
The results of the poll will be known on Saturday afternoon.