Te Manu Karere - Māori Wards

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Te Manu Karere | carrying information and a message of opportunity to consider change for our communities.


Thank you to those who shared their thoughts and attended our wānanga to discuss the opportunity on whether or not to establish a Māori Ward in Te Awa Kairangi ki Tai Lower Hutt. We will update this page when decisions are made later this year.



To achieve fair and effective representation, that recognises the diversity of New Zealand communities, the Local Electoral Act (2001) requires local authorities review their representation arrangements at least once every six years. Hutt City Council’s last representation review was in 2018, and we need to undertake another before the next triennial elections in 2025.

As the first step, Council will decide whether to establish Māori Ward/s with the decision to take effect at the next election in 2025. A Māori ward establishes an area where people who choose to go on the Māori electoral roll can vote for councillors to represent them.


As we begin our representation review, we have an opportunity to decide on whether to establish Māori Wards and would like to hear from you.


Hutt City Council will host a second community wānanga (gathering) to discuss Māori wards and understand community interest in establishing them in Te Awa Kairangi ki Tai Lower Hutt
  • Thursday 14 September, 6pm at Coco Community Pop Up, 11 Hillary Court, Naenae

If Council votes to establish Māori wards, based on community and Mana Whenua support, the details of how the wards would work will be considered as part of the wider representation review, being led by an independent panel. You can learn more about the Representation Review here.


At the right of this page, you will find Key Dates and Frequently Asked Questions (FAQs) about Māori Wards. You can also find links to other sources of information on Māori Wards.

If you don't find what you're looking for there, you can ask a pātai (question) below and we will respond as soon as possible!

We also invite you to share your thoughts and give feedback in an online community forum. Here, you can engage with others as we discuss the benefits and challenges of Māori representation in local government in Te Awa Kairangi ki Tai Lower Hutt.


Consultation closes Sunday 17 September 2023.

Te Manu Karere | carrying information and a message of opportunity to consider change for our communities.


Thank you to those who shared their thoughts and attended our wānanga to discuss the opportunity on whether or not to establish a Māori Ward in Te Awa Kairangi ki Tai Lower Hutt. We will update this page when decisions are made later this year.



To achieve fair and effective representation, that recognises the diversity of New Zealand communities, the Local Electoral Act (2001) requires local authorities review their representation arrangements at least once every six years. Hutt City Council’s last representation review was in 2018, and we need to undertake another before the next triennial elections in 2025.

As the first step, Council will decide whether to establish Māori Ward/s with the decision to take effect at the next election in 2025. A Māori ward establishes an area where people who choose to go on the Māori electoral roll can vote for councillors to represent them.


As we begin our representation review, we have an opportunity to decide on whether to establish Māori Wards and would like to hear from you.


Hutt City Council will host a second community wānanga (gathering) to discuss Māori wards and understand community interest in establishing them in Te Awa Kairangi ki Tai Lower Hutt
  • Thursday 14 September, 6pm at Coco Community Pop Up, 11 Hillary Court, Naenae

If Council votes to establish Māori wards, based on community and Mana Whenua support, the details of how the wards would work will be considered as part of the wider representation review, being led by an independent panel. You can learn more about the Representation Review here.


At the right of this page, you will find Key Dates and Frequently Asked Questions (FAQs) about Māori Wards. You can also find links to other sources of information on Māori Wards.

If you don't find what you're looking for there, you can ask a pātai (question) below and we will respond as soon as possible!

We also invite you to share your thoughts and give feedback in an online community forum. Here, you can engage with others as we discuss the benefits and challenges of Māori representation in local government in Te Awa Kairangi ki Tai Lower Hutt.


Consultation closes Sunday 17 September 2023.

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