August 30, 2016
Changearound at Maori Statutory Board
The National Urban Maori Authority will have to decide whether it’s worth going to court again after its picks for Auckland’s Independent Maori Statutory Board failed to gain selection.
The authority successfully challenged the process last time around, with the High Court voiding the selection of Papakura Marae chief executive Tony Kake because the panel couldn’t show it had given proper consideration to the nomination of urban Maori advocate Willie Jackson.
The list to be released today has Mr Kake back, along with former New Zealand First and National MP Tau Henare.
They’re there to represent Matawaka or Maori living in Auckland whose iwi are based elsewhere.
Mr Jackson, along with Waipareira chief executive John Tamihere, could muster just one vote apiece from the 17 mana whenua representatives on the panel.
There are also changes in the seven mana whenua seats, with Renata Blair replacing Precious Clark as the Ngati Whatua Orakei pick, Mook Hohneck from Ngati Wai replacing Kris MacDonald, Ngai Tai chair James Brown returning after a three year break, and Dennis Kirkwood coming in for Waiohua.
Chair David Taipari, deputy Glen Wilcox and Lianne Ngamane were returned.
Board members sit, with voting rights, on 15 of Auckland Council’s 18 council committees as well as other steering groups and panels to ensure Maori perspectives are heard and the council considers its responsibilities under the Treaty of Waitangi.
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