October 03, 2022
Independent Māori Board boon for Auckland Council
Long-time councillor Alf Filipaina says Auckland should be able to have Māori wards without losing its Independent Māori Statutory Board.
Getting the super city legislation changed to allow the council to add Maori wards is a priority for the new term.
Mr Filipaina, who has both Maori and Samoan whakapapa, says the IMSB was set up under that same Act to help improve council responsiveness to Māori.
“And what they’ve done has been very good for Auckland Council and that started in 2011 when they did an audit on Auckland Council’s responsibility around Te Tiriti o Waitangi,” he says
Alf Filipaina says the nine-member Independent Maori Statutory Board has members on every committee, except the full council – and Maori wards could fill that gap.