5 Apr 2024

Labour on referenda on local govt Māori wards

From Midday Report, 12:16 pm on 5 April 2024

Opponents say the government is completely out of line with plans to force councils to hold referenda on their Māori wards.

The coalition has announced that councils which brought in Māori wards, without polling residents, will either need to hold a binding referendum or scrap the wards they've set up.

Local Government New Zealand has labelled it as complete overreach by central Government.

Local Government Minister Simeon Brown declined to come on the programme but has said that local community members deserve to have a say in their governance arrangements.

Labour's local government spokesperson Kieran McAnulty spoke to Charlotte Cook.