Local Government Minister Nanaia Mahuta plans to remove some of the roadblocks the country’s councils face in creating Māori seats. This year, eight councils around the country have voted in favour of establishing Māori seats in time for the next round of elections in 2022, and Auckland Council has already set its sights on having Māori seats up and running in time for the 2025 local body elections. Figures from the 2018 Census show nearly a quarter (23.4 percent) of New Zealand’s total Māori ethnic population (181,194 people) lives in Auckland.