Boundary for South Taranaki Māori wards will reflect Ngāruahine and Ngāti Ruanui iwi
After consultation councillors voted to stay with 11 seats, including a single Māori seat.
The Civil Defence boss says a natural disaster might take priority over the pandemic.
Public feedback has forced the council to add another option to its representation review.
Iwi wanted future engagement on Māori wards focused on "people affected by the decision."
Ngāti Ruanui has backed a call for wastewater testing beyond the city.
"They couldn't provide a reason South Taranaki wastewater is not being tested."
South Taranaki will lose one seat on the Taranaki Regional Council.
Taranaki had the lowest rate of vaccinations at 8.26 percent
Current rules largely restrict papakāinga to be integrated with marae.
Hearing told iwi and hapū need money to help decide and monitor consents.