The Herald reports:
Māori voters who responded to a Horizons Regional Council survey overwhelmingly support bringing in Māori wards next year.
Councillors have been given the results of a Horizons survey mailed to nearly 18,500 individuals on the Māori electoral roll who are enrolled to vote in the Horizons region.
Ninety-six per cent of the responses were in favour of the regional council establishing Māori constituencies in time for next year's local body elections.
What a waste of money. They did a poll of people who had already chosen to be on a maori roll asking them if they support a Maori roll. Of course 96% said yes.
What they should have done is survey all voters in the area and break the results down as follows:
- Maori on general roll
- Maori on Maori roll
That may have given some useful info on what locals think and how it differs between groups. But doing a poll solely of Maori who have already chosen to be on a Maori roll is a nonsense.
It's like polling members of the Liverpool AFC whether or not they support Liverpool.