November 18, 2020
Hamilton Council ready to embrace Kirikiriroa
Hamilton City Council is keen to enhance the city’s relationship with Māori.
Community Committee chair Mark Bunting says its He Pou Manawa Ora: Pillars of Wellbeing strategy will not only recognise the special relationship that iwi and mana whenua have with the area but encourage an improved quality of life.
The strategy will be put out for public consultation in February 2021 and will eventually form part of the city’s Long-Term Plan.
It will provide Council with clear guidance on how to create and maintain a consistent, respectful, well-informed, measured, fair and focused approach.
Mayor Paula Southgate said it was time for the community and city to be brave and have “courageous conversations” about its relationship with Māori.
He Pou Manawa Ora – Pillars of Wellbeing has been developed with input from local iwi, hapū, mātāwaka, the council’s Māori representatives, Waikato-Tainui, Te Haa o te Whenua o Kirikiriroa and Te Rūnanga Ō Kirikiriroa.
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