February 03, 2021
Local government changes good for wahine
Local Government Minister Nanaia Mahuta has promised a law change to remove the provision that a petition supported by only 5 per cent of voters can trigger a binding referendum on the issue.
Ms Kapua says the league has always advocated for greater Māori representation in local government.
She says it’s also significant the Minister’s announcement coincides with the first hearing by the Waitangi Tribunal of the Mana Wahine claim which the League lodged in 1993.
It should lead to better decision-making, particularly in areas like resource management that involve Te Tiriti o Waitangi obligations.
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