June 14, 2016
Taranaki ready for hikoi talk
New Plymouth Mayor Andrew Judd has some walking and some talking to do over the next three days as he leads a hikoi from the city to the settlement of Parihaka in the western slope of Taranaki maunga.
The hikoi is a response to the opposition he encountered trying to bring in the structures that would allow the council to meet its legal obligation to involve Maori in decision-making.
Hikoi organiser Glenn Bennett says they’re big questions for the community to tackle.
"How do we have a new conversation around inclusion, have a new conversation about partnership because frankly it hasn't been that great for many years and it's refreshing to have a Pakeha standing up confronting this stuff, saying maybe we've done it wrong and maybe we can talk and we can walk and we can have better conversations about how we work together and walk together as partners into the future," he says.
The hikoi leaves from the council chambers at 10am Wednesday and should be at Oakura by 2pm, where a community conversation will be held in the local hall.
The agenda is repeated on Thursday from Oakura to Okato, and on Friday the hikoi leaves Okato at 8am for the 20km walk to Parihaka.
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