December 19, 2022
Wellington mayor tries persuasion on tiriti deniers
Wellington’s new mayor says one of her top priorities is getting the councillors who opposed Māori wards to see their value.
Tory Whanau says she’s working with mana whenua representatives and Maori councillors to tell Wellingtonians how partnership is beneficial to everyone, not just Maori.
She says it’s important councillors can buy into a shared vision.
“We do have some councillors who disagree with honouring Te Tiriti, or who voted against having Maori wards. I’m just going to leave that in the past and get the to see the benefit of a true partnership with mana whenua. I’m confident we will get there. It might take a while but I see that as a key part of my role,” Mayor Whanau says.