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Maori ward inaction decried by Maori Party
Maori Party candidate for Te Tai Hauauru, Debbie Ngarewa Packer

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Māori Party Te Tai Hauāuru candidate Debbie Ngarewa-Packer says the Government’s failure to act on ending discriminatory Maori ward provisions highlights the need for independent Māori voices in Parliament.

Local Government Minister Nanaia Mahuta won’t reform the law allowing referendums to be triggered when councils try to introduce Maori wards because she expects New Zealand First to oppose any change.

Ms Ngarewa Packer, a former South Taranaki deputy mayor, says there is broad support in local government to tackle what the United Nations have called persistently low levels of Māori representation, and Maori wards are a way to do that.

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