July 25, 2017
Maori still disadvantaged over Maori wards
Outgoing President of Local Government New Zealand Lawrence Yule, says Maori are disadvantaged when seeking wards as it's the only part of legislation requiring a referendum.
Lawrence Yule steps down from his role with local government this week and says his last job will be to seek support for Maori representatives on its board.
"One of the things LGNZ has fought for is a change to the legislation because Maori Wards are really the only form of governance review that requires a referendum effectively at the end and we don't think that's fair. There are things that still can be done but I have observed a dramatic change over time in my 9 years in terms of Maori representation, participation at conferences and in hui. LGNZ nine years ago asked to set up a Maori committee. We do have Te Maruata and now we are looking at that option of having Maori representatives on the board of LGNZ
Lawrence Yule is former Mayor of Hastings and stood down from that job earlier this year to contest the Tukituki seat for National.
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