It is not surprising that water, the Napier Aquatic Centre, and council culture were the major topics discussed at the Napier mayoral debate on Wednesday evening.

But council candidates, during a question and answer section, were given the chance to answer questions that have not been the main focus of this year's election.

One such question included whether Napier should introduce Māori wards, or have appointed tangata whenua representatives.

Two candidates, Chris Tremain and Steve Gibson, were openly against them.


Tremain said despite having spent years learning te reo, he believed "all races should have the same opportunity to stand