versus mana whenua under scrutiny
There are fresh calls for Māori seats at Auckland Council, a decade after the supercity was formed.
It comes as requirement for public polls when creating Māori seats looks like it will be removed.
The Royal Commission that recommended the amalgamation in November 2010 also proposed Māori seats be part of the new council.
While Māori seats in the new supercity were scrapped, an Independent Māori Statutory Board (IMSB) was established to promote issues significant to Māori and ensure the council followed the Treaty of Waitangi.
IMSB chair David Taipari said the supercity formation had led to more engagement with Māori, but it could be improved by having Māori seats.
Taipari said consultation could often come at the tail end of the council's process.