DEMOCRACY NORTHLAND

RACE-BASED WARDS ON LOCAL COUNCILS

Democracy Northland

RACE-BASED WARDS ON LOCAL COUNCILS

Some are saying this issue is about racism, when in fact it’s about democracy.

Three of Northland’s four councils are proposing to introduce Maori wards (or constituencies): The Northland Regional Council (NRC), the Whangarei District Council (WDC), and the Kaipara District Council (KDC). These councils made that decision without consulting the community at large and in fact voted against doing so.

Introducing race-based wards would be a significant change to our local democracy. It would divide the council by race. Race will determine who you can and can’t vote for depending on whether you are on the Maori or General roll.

All we are asking is that the public sign our petition calling on the council to hold a poll (binding referendum) on this issue. It will then be up to the community to have a debate on the merits or otherwise of race-based wards.

There are only three local authorities in New Zealand that currently have race based representation. In many more cases a council decision to have race based seats has been over-turned after councillors were forced to hold a binding referendum.

PLEASE HELP RESTORE LOCAL DEMOCRACY IN NORTHLAND BY SIGNING OUR PETITIONS.

They can be downloaded and printed from the following links:

Whangarei

If you live in Whangarei, please sign the WDC and NRC petition BELOW.

MAIL-IN

Please mail the petition forms to Democracy NorthlandPO Box 334, Whangarei 0110. Or alternatively you can scan or photograph the form and email to: info@democracynorthland.co.nz.

Contacts

Whangarei District Council Petition Coordinator:

Kaipara

If you live in the Far North, please sign the NRC petition BELOW.

MAIL-IN

Please mail the petition forms to Democracy NorthlandPO Box 334, Whangarei 0110. Or alternatively you can scan or photograph the form and email to: info@democracynorthland.co.nz.

Contacts

Kaipara District Council Petition Coordinator:

Far North

If you live in the Far North, please sign the NRC petition BELOW.

MAIL-IN

Please mail the petition forms to Democracy NorthlandPO Box 334, Whangarei 0110. Or alternatively you can scan or photograph the form and email to: info@democracynorthland.co.nz.

Contacts

Northland Regional Council Petition Coordinator:

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