February 10, 2020
Hamilton Maori voices strengthened
Hamilton City Council has reaffirmed its ground-breaking Māori representation initiative.
It also voted to boost the annual budget to fund Māngai Māori by $34,400 to reflect additional hours required of the representatives, and confirmed professional development for representatives would be provided.
Mayor Paula Southgate says by 2038, a third of people living in the city will be Māori, so how well it does as a city hinges on a strong and collaborative relationship with Māori.
The Māngai Māori appointed in 2018, who site on five council committees with full voting rights, were reappointed.
They are Bella Takiari-Brame, James Whetu, Norm Hill, Te Pora Thompson-Evans and Olly Te Ua.
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