September 18, 2019
Māori board position stepping stone to power
Prestige, power and pūtea.
That's what comes with a seat on Auckland's Independent Māori Statutory Board, but there seem to be few takers.
The board includes seven seats for mana whenua and two for mātāwaka, or Māori living in Tāmaki Makaurau who come from other tribal areas,
Those seats are currently held by former National MP Tau Henare and Papakura Marae chief executive Tony Kake.
Martin Cleave, who is convening the panel selecting the members, says there have been fewer nominations for the two mātāwaka seats each election, when he would expect a large number of applicants to choose from.
"If you feel like you want to be involved in things that are significant to mana whenua groups, mātāwaka, giving priority to all sorts of different issues, if you get onto this board you are going to be effective in so many other areas in Tāmaki Makaurau so if you want to get into that realm, I really encourage you to do that," he says.
Applications for the mātāwaka seats need to be in by 5pm on October 1, and applicants are expected to provide indications of support from Māori groups in the city.
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