November 26, 2020
Council punt irks Māori seat advocates
The chair of Hawke’s Bay Regional Council is calling for calm after negative reactions to the council’s decision to put off creating Māori seats.
Rex Graham says there was an obvious level of deep hurt at the 5-3 decision to put the question to voters at the next election, rather than try to have the seats in place by then.
He says people need to take a deep breath, calm down, stop abusing each other, and have a respectful debate.
Mr Graham says Māori have been marginalised at the decision making table of local government.
He says the council is committed to continuing dialogue and working with tangata whenua to solve the issues of representation.
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