delayed until iwi fully consulted
A separate Maori seat on the Taranaki Regional Council has been delayed for at least three years to allow more time to consult with iwi.
A motion to start public consultation and receive feedback on Maori representation in time for the 2022 triennial local body election was not supported by the majority of councillors at a full council meeting on Tuesday.
The council was required under legislation to make a decision before November 23 to include a Maori seat to come into effect either at the 2022 or 2025 local body elections.
Councillor Charlotte Littlewood, who put forward the motion, said she was in favour of Maori representation being put out for public consultation and the council getting public feedback through submissions so TRC could make a decision by November 23.