August 02, 2022
Collins keen on mayoral Māori whisperer
Auckland mayoral candidate Fa’anānā Efeso Collins says he will have a senior Māori advisor in his office if he’s elected.
Mr Collins says the super city has already benefited greatly from the work of the Independent Māori Statutory Board, which is not only able to monitor the council but is also able to develop ideas for the council to consider and include in its Māori outcomes framework.
He’d like to build on that with a senior executive similar to the pro-vice chancellor Māori or Māori deputy chief executive role which is now standard in the country’s universities.
“So I’ll be working towards having a senior person in my office who is looking at Māori outcomes, Māori relationships and making sure that if I am successful in the role of mayor then it is important I am thinking about who are the iwi I should I be connecting with – there are 19 iwi we work with around Tāmaki Makaurau and it is important there are relationships everywhere,” Mr Collins says.