Double dipping in Canterbury

There is a bill going through Parliament that will change the law so directly appoints two members of the Canterbury Regional Council, or ECan.

is different to having Wards. Because at least with Maori Wards, it is still one person one vote.

But what does is give members of two votes.

Every resident of Canterbury (of whom 11% are Maori) will get to vote in the elections for ECan. But if bill passes, then will get to appoint two additional members directly. So members of Ngai Tahu get to be represented twice – both by the person they vote for, and by the direct appointees (who are appointed by their Iwi leadership whom they vote for)

is a radical development in democracy. And if it passes, it will set a precedent.

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