September 12, 2022
Taipari offering smooth transition for new Auckland mayor
The chair of Auckland’s Independent Maori Statutory Board says he’s keen to do one more term.
A process is now taking place to identify seven mana whenua representatives and two representing mata waka or Maori from tribes outside Tamaki Makaurau.
David Taipari says he has more to offer to a board that has proven its value in ensuring an increasing Maori presence the way the city is run and allocates its resources.
“You can only make yourself available but I’ve had the privilege of the last four terms and I would be very pleased and honoured to do one more term, particularly as change is coming with a new mayor and council and I think stability is required and I think consistency with the board would be very helpful to do that,” he says.
Mr Taiparai says candidates who are promising to get rid of the statutory board are talking cheap, as it’s a creature of the same statute that created Auckland Council, so it’s up to parliament to make the final decision.