March 06, 2018
Room for Maori in Wellington plan
Wellington's deputy mayor is encouraging Maori to get involved in consultation on tthe city's 10-year plan.
Jill Day says instead of just requiring people to come into the council to make formal submissions, it will go out to community forums next month to get feedback.
It could also make use of social media.
She says the council is already consulting on its te reo Maori policy Te Tauihu, and it has a Maori growth strategy, Te Taurapa, in the works.
"The usual things that come up every time that we need to get the voice of everyone in the community are housing resiliance, how we are managing the impact on the environment, doing better with our water management and growing our culture in Wellington so I think there are plenty of kaupapa Maori would be interested in and would be keen to see progressed so it makes a big difference if we have that voice," Ms Day says.
The council would like to increase Maori representation, but it does not think a Maori ward is the best option at this time.
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