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

 


Iwi Leaders reconvene working party for better local govt

Media Release 19.06.2014

Iwi Leaders reconvene working party to deliver better local government for Maori and Northland – Te Kimihanga

Public consensus is evident that the Local Government Commission (LGC) did not get their first draft right with their one Northland Council, but the pressure is still on for the LGC to deliver better local government for Maori and Northland as a whole, says Rangitane Marsden, Te Kimihanga spokesman.

Te Kimihanga, reconvened last month and has representation and mandate from across Taitokerau; with Te Hiku, Mid North, Bay of Islands, Whangarei and Kaipara Iwi and hapu represented within the group.

We are working with the LGC and aim to define and deliver what ‘Better Local Government’ means for Maori and our Northland communities.

Local Government Commission CEO Donald Reizbous welcomed the inclusive approach to develop something together and agreed to participate personally in the working party.

As 46% of the Northland population, Iwi / Maori represent Northlands most significant ‘community of interest’ and a ‘demonstrable force;’ one that is currently underrepresented and dissatisfied by the current local government / council way of doing business.

“Te Kimihanga is an action word – it means to seek, search, find, create and build with a view to implement a better way of doing things; and for us that means a future local government structure based on Treaty principles of partnership, participation and protection,” says Mr Marsden.

With Treaty settlements Iwi bring a substantial asset base and economic development opportunities not seen in Northland before.

Collectively Iwi can make the largest single contribution to moving Northland forward, “We are about improving the social, economic and environmental outcomes for our communities, says Mr Marsden.

In Te Hiku for example where four of five tribes settled in 2012, we are wanting to move forward in partnership with the Crown and local government (as their representatives in that space), but the current structure and thinking does not enable that growth and something needs to change."

Better Local Government Reforms announced in 2011 were about removing bureaucracy, duplications, and inefficiencies and improving the fiscal and governance performance of local councils.

These are still very important objectives for our Northland community and we believe can only be delivered through some form of appropriate Northland restructure.

“Iwi work right across the government spectrum with strong Crown relationships (better in most cases than those with local government), and with both Regional and District Councils.

We also work directly with hapu and communities in our local rohe.

Iwi leadership are working together, regionally for Te Taitokerau and see the inefficiencies and lack of long term strategic planning within the local government space and we are working directly with the LGC on how to not only improve that situation for Maori but the Northland community at large."

There is a lot of wastage in terms of ratepayers dollars, and competing expenditure, with no clear direction for Northland.

We see local councils competing and duplicating processes, and now Iwi have regained their legitimate rights and lands through the Treaty process, we see them competing with our plans, strategies and mandate too.’ It is inefficient, wasteful and not progressive for an economy and social space that is in desperate need of improvement.

We know local government have tried to pick up their game throughout the reorganisation process, but it’s like a doctor trying to decide which of his own limbs to remove, after an accident – Iwi Maori are agreed that the status quo is not acceptable, and are working with the Commission to deliver something realistic that advances both Maori, non-­Māori, and Northland with it.

The Northland restructure is currently sitting with the LGC as they evaluate public submissions to their initial draft and wait on legislative changes to the Local Government Amendment Act 2002, currently passing through the House (almost at its third and final reading).

END

© Scoop Media

 
 
 
 
 
Parliament Headlines | Politics Headlines | Regional Headlines

No Charges: Outcome
Of Operation Clover Investigation

Police have completed a multi-agency investigation, Operation Clover, into the activities of a group calling themselves “The Roast Busters”. The 12 month enquiry focused on incidents involving allegations of sexual offending against a number of girls in the Waitemata Police district and wider Auckland area.

Following a lengthy and complex investigation, charges are not being laid by Police at this time regarding 8 incidents involving 7 victims and 5 suspects. More>>

 

Parliament Today:

UNICEF Report: NZ Cautioned On "Stagnating" Child Poverty

An international report by UNICEF has found that child poverty rates in New Zealand have barely changed since 2008, despite similar sized countries significantly reducing child poverty during the recent recession. More>>

ALSO:

Funding Report: Two Pathways For Transport In Auckland

Commissioned by Auckland Council, the group was asked to investigate two possible pathways for raising $300 million per year ($12 billion over 30 years) to pay for the improvements needed to help fix Auckland’s transport system. More>>

ALSO:

Pay Equity: Equal Pay Win In Court Of Appeal

CTU: The Court of Appeal has made a historic decision paving the way for a substantial equal pay claim for aged care workers. More>>

ALSO:

Gordon Campbell: On The TPP Finishing Line, And Amazon’s Woes

If the Trans Pacific Partnership trade deal wasn’t such a serious matter, this would be pretty funny… More>>

ALSO:

TV3 Video: Three Die On Roads Over Labour Weekend

The official holiday period ended at 6am Tuesday, with three deaths on the roads during the Labour Day weekend. More>>

Employment Relations Bill: Govt Strains To Get Tea Break Law Through

The Government has been left with egg on its face - failing to get its much-vaunted, but hugely unpopular, meal break law passed in the first week of its new term, Labour spokesperson on Labour Issues Andrew Little says. More>>

ALSO:

Guns: Police Association Call To Arm Police Full Time

"The new minister gave his view, that Police do not need to be armed, while standing on the forecourt of parliament. The dark irony was that the interview followed immediately after breaking news of a gunman running amok in the Canadian parliament in Ottawa..." More>>

ALSO:

Gordon Campbell: On The Tokenism Of New Zealand's Role Against Islamic State

Our contribution against IS will be to send SAS forces to train the Iraqis? That’s like offering trainers to General Custer just as the 7th cavalry reached the Little Big Horn. More>>

ALSO:

Scoop Business: Shell And Todd Caught Drilling Without Approval

Multi-national oil company Shell’s New Zealand arm and local energy giant Todd Energy have breached the new law governing New Zealand’s Exclusive Economic Zone, the Environmental Protection Authority says in an Oct. 10 document released by the Green Party. More>>

ALSO:

Get More From Scoop

 

LATEST HEADLINES

 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
Regional
Search Scoop  
 
 
Powered by Vodafone
NZ independent news