October 07, 2022
Tolerance lacking in Rotorua Māori ward debate
Outgoing Rotorua Lakes mayor Steve Chadwick says while she loves her district, at times it has disappointed her.
Ms Chadwick says she was a staunch believer in bilingual partnerships, so the backlash against the council’s work to develop a partnership with Te Arawa saddened her.
“Then of course the next issue we faced was a backlash about Maori wards and I was absolutely blown away there was that lack of tolerance and understanding of the value of working together in a town like Rotorua,” she says.
She hopes with a new mayor on the ballot as well as a Maori ward, people will get out and vote for a better future for the district.