June 20, 2013
Kōmiti Māori opposes New Plymouth seat poll
New Plymouth District Council’s kōmiti Māori has asked the council to drop its poll at this year’s local government election on whether Māori wards should be introduced.
Deputy Chair Grant Knuckey says the decision to ask the general public to vote on the plan was undertaken without any discussion with Māori, and the inevitable outcome of such polls was that the idea would be rejected.
That would mean there would be no opportunity to establish Māori seats until after the 2019 local body elections.
Instead the kōmiti wants the council to address the issue as part of its representation review in 2015.
Kaua hai whakahaere pooti mō ngā tūru Māori ki te Kaunihera
E tono ana te Komiti Māori ō te Kaunihera-ā-rohe ō Ngamotu, kia kaua te Kaunihera e whakahaere kōwhiringa pōti hei te mutunga ō te tau nei, e pā ana ki ētahi turu Māori motuhake ki te Kaunihera.
Hei tā te upoko tuarua ō te Kōmiti, ā Grant Knuckey, kāore te Kaunihera i whakapā ki te Kōmiti, ki te iwi Māori rānei ki te wānanga i tēnei kōwhiringa, ka mutu, e mōhio kē ana rātou he aha te hua ka puta, arā, he whakahē i aua turu.
Ko te hiahia kē ō te Kōmiti kia wānangahia tēnei take mō ngā turu Māori ki te hui arotake ā te Kaunihera hei te tau rua mano tekau mā rima.
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