Seats in Parliament

  • National Party 56
  • Labour Party 46
  • New Zealand First Party 9
  • Green Party 8
  • ACT New Zealand 1
  • Total 120

Dr Elizabeth Kerekere

Green Party

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Māori ward councillors now 20% of Northland lineup

New Whangārei councillor Phoenix Ruka is one of Northland's nine first-time Māori ward councillors. Photo / Local Democracy Reporting

By Susan Botting, Local Democracy Reporter Northland

Northland democracy has taken a major step forward with the election of nine new Māori ward councillors in the 2022 local government elections.

The new councillors will make up 20% of the region’s political leadership across Far North District Council, Kaipara District Council, Whangārei District Council and Northland Regional Council.

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'I'm just so humbled': Allanah Burgess, Marlborough's first Māori ward councillor

Photo credit: Anthony Phelps / Stuff

By Maia Hart, Local Democracy Reporter

Allanah Burgess was surrounded by whānau when she found out she would be the first person to represent Marlborough's Māori ward on the District Council.

"Everyone got up and did a wee mihi for me, and sung a waiata, I can't even think of words at the moment, I'm just so humbled," Burgess said.

Manager of Waikawa Marae, Burgess said she wanted to be the person that Māori in Marlborough could approach to talk to about things of importance.

Iwi must lead fight against Kauri Dieback

The plan to tackle Kauri Dieback Disease must have Māori at the helm.

That was the call of Te Kawerau a-Maki following the announcement of $32m in government funding to protect Kauri.

The new National Pest Management Plan for Kauri, named Tiakina Kauri, aims to reduce the prevalence of the disease, with collaboration and partnership the cornerstones of the plan.

Central government has been slow to the party, with Te Kawerau a Maki and Auckland Council leading the fight in the Waitākere Ranges, known to Māori as Te Waonui a-Tiriwā.

Whangārei iwi takes a look at Māori ward candidates

The establishment of Māori wards is expected to help boost voter turnout in this year's local body elections.

In Northland, nearly 40,000 people on the Māori roll are entitled to vote and candidates in the Whangārei district are hoping key issues that affect Māori will encourage more to cast a vote next month.

Candidates for Māori wards Nicki Wakefield, Pauline Hopa, Simon Mitchell, Phoenix Ruka, and Deb Harding met at Terenga Paraoa marae in Whangārei, for an opportunity to meet voters and pitch why they should get their vote.

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