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Local Electoral (Māori Wards and Māori Constituencies) Amendment Bill

Introduced on Feb 5, 2021. The Bill remove all mechanisms for binding polls to be held on establishing Māori wards and constituencies, while retaining non-binding polls to gauge public sentiment. Also establishes a transition period ending on 21 May 2021 in which a local authority may, regardless of any previous decisions or previous polls, establish Māori wards or Māori constituencies for the 2022 local elections. First reading under Urgency on Feb 9, opposed by National and ACT and referred to the Māori Affairs Committee with submissions closing on Feb 11 and reported back by Feb 15. Local Electoral (Māori Wards and Māori Constituencies) Amendment Bill