October 16, 2019
Māori want results from Auckland Statutory Board
A member of Auckland’s Independent Māori Statutory Board says it’s time to be less polite in pushing for a fair share for Māori.
Former MP Tau Henare has been reappointed for a further three years as a mātāwaka representative.
He says last term the board did great work in terms of scrutinising council activities and putting up reports, but the council didn’t listen.
"I don’t think we pushed that hard. We could have pushed harder. This term is about delivery instead of acquiescing and abstaining and basically not having the influence I thought we needed to have. Māori are saying you better deliver and that is a salient message not only for me but for everyone around the table." he says.
Tau Henare says he intends to take particular aim at the council’s procurement policies so Māori businesses and workers get some of the dollars that now seems to be going to overseas firms.
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