October 11, 2016
Porirua calls for Maori mayor
He’s just got his feet under the mayoral desk, but already Poirua’s Mike Tana is talking up his city.
Originally from Ngati Whatua, he moved there 15 years ago and all his five children have been born there.
While it’s an area people drive past on the motorway on their way to Wellington, he says it’s a great place to stop.
"If you’re in Titahi Bay, if you go across to north of the beach you can look across and your'e looking at the South Island and the snow caps on it across the sea. If you've got a sunset and with the wind in the right direction you've got waves that people are surfing on, in the little moon-shaped bay, it's pretty stunning and you know for a fact, if you jump in the water there that there's some kaimoana down there and you're having paua for dinner," he says.
Mike Tana says one of his priorities is developing a partnership between the council and mana whenua iwi Ngati Toa Rangatira.
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