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- Kelly Thurston (NZ Outdoors Party)Kelly Thurston (NZ Outdoors Party)
- Meka Whaitiri (Labour Party)Meka Whaitiri (Labour Party)
- Melissa Hill (New Conservative)Melissa Hill (New Conservative)
- Waitangi Kupenga (Advance NZ)Waitangi Kupenga (Advance NZ)
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Green Party candidate for Te Tai Tokerau, Hūhana Lyndon (centre). Photo / File
The Green Party made a major announcement at Waitangi today, nominating Hūhana Lyndon as its candidate for Te Tai Tokerau, a move that pits her head-to-head with Labour's Kelvin Davis and Mariameno Kapa-Kingi of Te Pāti Māori.
National leader Christopher Luxon says crime will be the biggest issue on the minds of Hamilton West voters at next week's byelection.
"The Labour Party has a massive majority as a party vote but also as a candidate vote and, when you think of other Labour party strongholds, this seat is a very strong stronghold for Labour.
Māori will be able to change between the Māori and general electoral rolls as often as they like, under a new bipartisan agreement between Labour and National on changes to the Māori electoral option.
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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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.
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.
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.
Nelson's two Māori Ward candidates have found their much lower election expenditure limit - when compared with other candidates - frustrating.
Tairāwhiti got its first taste of the options for this year's local body elections last night as nominees took the opportunity to introduce themselves at a "meet the candidates" event.
The region is set to have an extra councillor this coming term after two nominations for Marlborough's Māori ward came in at that last minute.