2015 Maori Ward Poll

A binding poll delivered a ‘no’ verdict on the creation of a Maori Electoral Ward for New Plymouth District.

21,053 (83 per cent) of votes received were against the creation of the ward from October 2016, with 4,285 (17 per cent) in favour of the ward. The poll produced a turnout of 45 per cent - 25,338 voting papers were received from a total of 56,257 registered New Plymouth District electors.

The outcome of the poll will be binding for the next two triennial general elections of New Plymouth District Council in 2016 and 2019.

Why did the poll take place?

In September last year the Council resolved to create a Maori Ward, as allowed for by the Local Electoral Act 2001. Following the Council's decision, a petition of more than five per cent of electors was received by the Council, triggering a binding poll under the Local Electoral Act 2001.

Maori Electoral Ward Forum 21 April 2015

Maori Electoral Ward Forum 8 December 2014

A Maori Ward for New Plymouth District Part 1

Interview with Mayor Andrew Judd

A Maori Ward for New Plymouth District Part 2

Interview with Mayor Andrew Judd

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