May 16, 2021
Localism demands Maori on councils
Nelson’s mayor has a message for local authorities yet to make a decision on Māori seats.
This Friday is the deadline to have wards in place in time for next year’s election.
Nelson City council voted 10-2 last week to create a Māori seat.
Some councils like Manawatū and Kāpiti have voted no, angering their local iwi, while others are yet to vote.
Mayor Rachel Reese says a fundamental principle of local government is localism.
"To sit at a council table where Māori are not represented is not localism. It's not consistent with the principles of our legislation. It's not consistent with Te Tiriti. I really encourage every council to take this step forward, because this is the future of local government," she says.
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