Local Govt | National News Video | Parliament Headlines | Politics Headlines | Search


Hui to consider Maori participation in Manukau

Media release
29 June 2005

Hui to consider further Maori participation in Manukau

Four consultation hui are planned by Manukau City Council as part of its programme of consultation regarding Maori participation in Council decision-making, as required by the Local Government Act 2002.

There will be meetings in Manurewa (July 4), Mangere (July 6), Pakuranga (July 13) and Otara (July 14) and the Council is seeking the widest possible representation from the Maori community. All hui are from 6pm-8pm. Dr Ranginui Walker will chair two of the meetings.

The hui will discuss a number of options including the possibility of setting up a Maori standing committee, a Maori advisory committee, Maori wards or other alternatives. Following the completion of the hui, recommendations will go before the Council’s Treaty of Waitangi Working Party, Strategic Directions Committee and the full Council before final decisions are made.

The Council currently has a number of measures to facilitate Maori input into advisory and decision making processes, including a Mana Whenua forum, a Treaty of Waitangi Working Party and relationship agreements with Mana Whenua.

A total of 16 out of 86 councils in New Zealand already have Maori standing committees, including Waitakere City. The Bay of Plenty Regional Council has adopted Maori constituencies, with three seats set aside for Maori representation.

Section 4 of the Local Government Act 2002 requires the Crown to take appropriate account of the principles of the Treaty, and to maintain and improve opportunities and processes for Maori to contribute to local government decision-making.

Section 81 requires local authorities to provide opportunities for Maori to contribute to decision making processes, and look at ways to develop further capacity to do so.

If the Council decides to support the Maori ward option, this may see the creation of one city-wide Maori ward with two Maori councillors, or two wards with one Maori councillor each. A decision on this option would be required by 23 November 2005 and the public would then have the right to request a poll on this issue.

A Maori standing committee would allow policy input and advice to Council on issues of concern to Maori. The Council can establish standing or advisory committees at any time.

Manurewa councillor Colleen Brown, chair of the Strategic Directions Committee, says, ‘Like all other Councils, we have a statutory obligation to make an informed decision on this matter. In order to do so we need to not only consult Maori but to understand the wider implications of any of the options before us. This matter will be fully debated in all possible forums before a final decision is made.”


© Scoop Media

Parliament Headlines | Politics Headlines | Regional Headlines


Ruataniwha: DOC, Hawke's Bay Council Developer Take Supreme Court Appeal

The Department of Conservation and Hawke's Bay Regional Investment Company (HBRIC) are appealing to the Supreme Court over a conservation land swap which the Court of Appeal halted. More>>


With NZ's Marama Davidson: Women’s Flotilla Leaves Sicily – Heading For Gaza

Women representing 13 countries spanning five continents began their journey yesterday on Zaytouna-Oliva to the shores of Gaza, which has been under blockade since 2007. On board are a Nobel Peace Laureate, three parliamentarians, a decorated US diplomat, journalists, an Olympic athlete, and a physician. A list of the women with their background can be found here. More>>

Gordon Campbell: On The Key Style Of Crisis Management

At Monday’s post Cabinet press conference Key was in his finest wide- eyed “Problem? What problem?” mode. No, there wasn’t really a problem that top MPI officials had been at odds with each other over the meaning of the fisheries policy and how that policy should be pursued... More>>


Mt Roskill: Greens Will Not Stand In Likely Post-Goff By-Election

“The Green Party’s priority is changing the Government in 2017, and as part of that we’ve decided that we won’t stand a candidate in the probable Mt Roskill by-election... This decision shows the Memorandum of Understanding between Labour and the Green Party is working." More>>


Wellington: Predator Free Capital Plan

Wellington City Council (WCC), the Greater Wellington Regional Council (GWRC) and NEXT Foundation, today announced a joint collaboration to make Wellington the first Predator Free capital city in the world. More>>


Gordon Campbell: On Judith Collins’ Efforts At Self Correction

Thousands of prisoners currently in prison may be entitled to an earlier release than expected – and compensation – because Corrections has incorrectly calculated their term of imprisonment. Unless of course, the government buries its mistakes by changing the law and retro-actively getting itself off the hook… More>>


More Justice & Corrections

Sector Opposes Bill: Local Government Bill Timeframe Extended

The Minister of Local Government Peseta Sam Lotu-Iiga has asked the Select Committee to extend the report back date for the Local Government Act 2002 Amendment Bill (No 2). More>>


Get More From Scoop



Search Scoop  
Powered by Vodafone
NZ independent news