September 27, 2022
Harawira wary of Māori ward expectations
One of the leading candidates for one of Far North District Council’s four new Māori ward seats says she’s not expecting overnight change.
Hilda Halkyard-Harawira, the wife of former MP Hone Harawira, has a high profile in the north in her own right as an educator and staunch Treaty rights advocate.
She says Maori wards are a new concept in local government level are a new concept, and successful candidates will need time to understand their roles and discover what influence they can have around the still-pakeha-dominated council table.
“Don’t promise big things because we’ve been inside of pakeha house for a long time and in 182 years the treaty hasn’t even been recognised so let’s just try to do things differently, work together really well as a Maori roopu,” Ms Halkyard-Harawira says.