2 Feb 2021

Ex New Plymouth Mayor Andrew Judd overjoyed at Maori Wards announcement

From Morning Report, 7:37 am on 2 February 2021

A former mayor of New Plymouth - who was spat at in the street over his support of establishing a Māori ward in the city - feels vindicated now the Government has stepped in to scrap citizen-initiated polls on the divisive issue.

Local Government minister Nanaia Mahuta has announced a bill will be brought to Parliament under urgency to ditch the "discriminatory" polls ahead of the 2022 local body elections.

Taranaki Whanganui reporter Robin Martin was at the announcement.