August 29, 2016
Henare keen on council role
Former National MP Tau Henare has put his name forward as a matawaka representative on Auckland’s Independent Maori Statutory Board.
A selection panel of mana whenua representatives is meeting this week to select members, including two who are supposed to represent the interests of Maori living in the super cities whose iwi come from elsewhere.
Mr Henare chaired the select committee which considered the bill setting up the board.
He says as someone born and bred in the city he believes he has something to offer and give back to matawaka.
There are five people chasing the two positions.
The National Urban Maori Authority nominated another two former MPs, Waipareira chief executive John Tamihere, who has already served two terms, and Manukau Urban Maori Authority chief executive Willie Jackson.
Last year the High Court set aside the appointment of Papakura Marae chief executive Tony Kake to the board because the panel failed to show it had given proper consideration to the other applicants, including Mr Jackson.
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