Each Electorate holds four seats, two for Maori and two for non-Maori. In total the combined twelve Electorates hold forty-eight seats, twenty-four for Maori and twenty-four for non-Maori. The election outcome for all seats is based on the highest votes and successful applicants hold their seats for a four year term.
Iwi Runanga made up of collective of
Hapu Representatives nominated to
Whanau Representatives nominated to
BOTTOM UP APPROACH
Out of the four seats per Electorate, two members (one Maori and one non-Maori) enter the House (Paremata—stern of a canoe) as Members of Paremata and two members (one Maori and one Non-Maori) remain in the Runanga (Electorate) as Runanga Representatives.
A Referendum allows for a By-election to be held to fill vacant seats and to allow those Electorates that did not reach their 1% registration to participate in the next elections. If required, the by-election date would be determined when the House sits.