Treaty settlement bills stoush could re-ignite controversy over Taranaki local govt Maori representation

A controversy over Maori representation in Taranaki that saw New Plymouth mayor Andrew Judd decide not to stand for re-election may be set to reignite.

Another councillor has put his hand up for the mayor job after Andrew Judd revealed he’s throwing in the towel after being abused. Source: 1 NEWS

It has come to light after New Zealand First's refusal to vote for some Treaty settlement bills that were set to go through Parliament unopposed this week.

The Government has called leader Winston Peters' actions appalling and petty after his decision to oppose the bill led the Government to cancel the final readings of five bills tomorrow.

Hundreds of iwi members from Taranaki, Manawatu and Northland were due to travel to Wellington to witness the bills pass.

It's all over the last minute cancellation of a special sitting of Parliament to pass five Treaty settlement bills. Source: 1 NEWS

But Mr Peters says one of his main objections is to a provision in one of the bills that allows for Maori representation on local councils.

The Taranaki Iwi Settlements Bill allows for three iwi members to be appointed to two different council committees, responsible for policy and planning and regulatory functions.

They will be entitled to the same remuneration and expenses as other members of the committee.

Mayor Andrew Judd has confirmed with ONE News the issue is the same one that has divided parts of the New Plymouth community and led him to decide to stand down.

His support for Maori representation saw his personal support slashed.

Mr Judd had travelled to Wellington to see the bills pass.

The second reading of the bills are being heard in Parliament today.