September 08, 2022
McLean aims to replace IMSB
A South Auckland Maori leader says it’s time to scrap Auckland’s Independent Māori Statutory Board.
Rangi McLean is standing for Auckland Council after serving four terms on the Manurewa-Papakura Community Board and the Wiri Licensing Trust.
He says the IMSB isn’t a democratic body – and that flies in the face of Auckland being the city with the largest Maori population in the world.
Maori voters need to directly elect their representatives.
“The plan is to get us more of a Maori voice at that level so we can continue to push for Maori wards in Auckland,” Mr McLean says.
He says it’s hard to turn out Maori and other ethnic voters for local body elections, but it’s critical if they are to have a voice in their future.