September 26, 2016
Waatea Mayoral Debate 2016
Waatea Mayoral Debate 2016 on Paakiwaha
For the first time in history, leading candidates in the Auckland Mayoralty race tackle the hard questions facing Māori and South Auckland.
Front runners Phil Goff, John Palino, Mark Thomas, Chloe Swarbrick and Vic Crone wwere in for a tough debate at Ngā Whare Waatea Marae in Māngere South Auckland.
Host Willie Jackson says “Good on them for coming to the Marae. South Auckland is the forgotten zone by Mayors and even though Len Brown came from here we’ve had no progress under his two term leadership, so let’s see if we’re going to get more of the same from this lot.” Says Mr Jackson.
South Auckland is made up of 14% Māori, 40% Pākeha, 27% Pasifika and 21% Asian.
The debate focuses on issues affecting South Auckland and Māori, with some questions coming from people off the streets.
“So yes candidates will be able to give us their housing policy, but of more relevance to our whānau is what they’re going to do about warrant of fitness on boarding houses and caravan parks.”
Their views on the Independent Māori Statutory Board will be canvassed. As will their thoughts on Māori Seats or Wards.
“It’ll be interesting to see if the candidates know that 158,000 Māori in Auckland come from tribes outside of Tamakimakaurau.” Says Mr Jackson.
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