From Radio New Zealand : News : National : Law change on Maori representation urged - 20 May 2012
"Race Relations Commissioner Joris de Bres says the provision of Maori seats on local councils should not be decided by a public vote.
Nelson voters rejected a proposal that a dedicated Maori ward be established, despite the city council itself supporting the move.
Commissioner Joris de Bres says says the law should be changed so Maori seats are a right, rather than subject to a vote of the majority...
...Joris de Bres says he will lobby for the change during the review being carried out of New Zealand's constitution.
Of the 15,487 votes received in the binding Nelson poll, 79% opposed the move. Special votes have yet to be counted."
A glance at the membership of the constitutional review advisory panel would suggest that they may well be more receptive to Joris de Bres proposals than the New Zealand people themselves:
"John Burrows, QC, a law commissioner, and former Ngai Tahu chairman Sir Tipene O'Regan.
Former New Zealand netball captain Bernice Mene, lawyer and former Dunedin Mayor Peter Chin, former New Plymouth Mayor Peter Tennent, journalist and former MP Deborah
Coddington, former Deputy Prime Minister Michael Cullen, Maori researcher Leonie Pihama, former Cabinet Minister John Luxton, Te Kura Kaupapa teacher Hinurewa Poutu, Waikato
University Pro Vice-Chancellor Linda Tuhiwai Smith, and Waitangi Tribunal member Ranginui Walker."