April 02, 2015
Phone survey misses Wairoa Maori
Wairoa District Council’s Maori standing committee is crying foul over a telephone survey being used to measure support for local body amalgamation in Hawkes Bay.
Chair Graeme Symes says the process denies tangata whenua the ability to fairly participate.
While Maori make up almost 60 percent of Wairoa’s population, 29 percent of Maori households in the district don’t have a fixed telephone line.
It has asked the Local Government Commission to repeat the exercise in a way that respects the principles of partnership, protection and participation in the Treaty of Waitangi.
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