Maori ward proposal to go to referendum
Electoral officer Warwick Lampp has confirmed that the proposed introduction of a Maori ward at Tauranga City Council will go to a referendum.
This comes after a petition opposing the matter met a necessary threshold.
Tauranga City Council voted to establish a Maori ward for the 2022 local government election in August last year. Local group Concerned Citizens then started a petition calling for a binding poll on the issue.
A binding poll is required if requested in writing and signed by at least five per cent of electors, meaning just under 5000 signatures are required.
Local electoral officer Warwick Lampp says the petition reached the threshold of 4742 signatures.
Hundreds turned out to a public meeting discussing the implementation of a Maori ward in Tauranga this afternoon. People both for the petition and protesting against it attended.