opens consultation on Māori wards
Hawke's Bay Regional Council has pushed back on adding Māori wards immediately and will hear what the public thinks before any decision is made.
This follows the government's introduction of legislation to uphold council decisions to establish Māori wards.
The current law allows the decision of an elected council to introduce a Māori ward to be overturned by a local poll.
Just five percent of support is needed for a poll to be demanded.
But the government want to change that rule, with Local Government Minister Nanaia Mahuta saying the process is "fundamentally unfair to Māori".