on Wellington City Council
Mana whenua representatives in Wellington will be given full voting rights and will sit on nearly all council committees and subcommittees.
At a council meeting this morning, a majority of eight councillors to six voted in favour of the decision.
Currently, representatives from Taranaki Whānui ki Te Upoko o Te Ika and Ngāti Toa Rangatira are members of the Strategy and Policy Committee, and the Annual / Long Term Plan Committee.
They receive no remuneration and have no voting rights.
Under the plan change, to come into effect from 1 July 2021, the representatives will sit on all committees and subcommittees, except for the the CEO Performance Review Committee.
The council has also made a first step towards establishing a Māori ward, in time for the next election.