September 07, 2015
NZ Maori Council adopts united front
The New Zealand Maori Council has opted to continue with co-chairs.
Sir Taihakurei Durie and Maanu Paul were reconfirmed in their roles at the annual conference in Wellington on Saturday, as delegates from resurgent branches around the county opted for a show of unity.
The vote was overseen by independent chair Willie Te Aho, brought in after a debate about the councils direction turned acrimonious.
A controversial executive committee was scrapped, with a new team working with the co-chairs on an internal review to clarify lines of accountability.
The hui also decided an attempt to replace the council’s lawyer had no validity, and it confirmed a firm led by Sir Taihakurei’s wife Donna Hall would continue to act in claims on water and the Trans Pacific Partnership Agreement.
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