Councils are calling on the government to change the law around Māori wards.

Currently, under the Local Electoral Act, voters can introduce a poll to overturn a council's decision to introduce a Māori ward.

While Wairoa District Council and Waikato Regional Council are the only councils that have established Māori wards in NZ, Māori Development Minister Nanaia Mahuta says she is open to discussing the issue further.

“Ko tāku nei ki ngā kaikaunihera, ngā koromatua. Ina ka taea rātou ki te whakatōpungia ā rātou hiahia nei kia tuku reta tuku tono ki te tono ki te Kāwanatanga. Māku hei tirohia hei whakatopungia i ngā whakaaro e pā ana ki tērā kaupapa. Kia waiho mā te kāwanatanga katoa e whakaarohia.”

National leader Simon Bridges, however, is satisfied with the status quo.

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