August 20, 2013
Hui on Māori Council future
The Government is to hold 19 consultation hui on the Māori Community Development Act, which could determine the fate of the New Zealand Māori Council and Māori wardens.
Māori Affairs Minister Pita Sharples says the 1962 Act had its genesis in a conference of Māori leaders, so 51 years on Māori people are being consulted about its future.
He says it’s also time for Māori to have a say on the role of pan-Māori organisations and on Māori community development in general.
The consultation was recommended by the Māori Affairs Select Committee, which held an inquiry into the act in 2010.
The first hui will be on September 3 at Te Paatu Marae near Kaitaia, the home marae of New Zealand Māori Council president Sir Graham Latimer.
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