New Zealand law seeks to promote Indigenous representation
New amendments promoting Māori participation in local elections could provide lessons for Canada
Officials in New Zealand are hoping that recent amendments to the country’s local government act will improve Indigenous Māori representation in local elections and government. The new amendments empower local councils to create new seats for Indigenous representatives. They also remove provisions that proponents of the changes argue limited Māori participation in local government.
It is hoped that changes to the law will enable increased Māori participation in next year’s local elections.
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