Gordon Campbell | Parliament TV | Parliament Today | News Video | Crime | Employers | Housing | Immigration | Legal | Local Govt. | Maori | Welfare | Unions | Youth | Search


Rangatahi showing great leadership on Māori representation

Rangatahi in New Plymouth showing great leadership on Māori representation

The Māori Party candidate for Te Tai Hauāuru has heralded the courage of rangatahi in bringing Māori representation to the fore in Taranaki.

"I was over the moon to learn that last night New Plymouth District Council's youth working group applied their powers of persuasive thinking to the max, and encouraged councillors to vote in favour of establishing a Māori ward for the next election,” says Chris McKenzie.

"This was an amazing outcome which truly shows us the power of rangatahi in preparing our communities for the future.”

The full council has yet to pass the recommendation but if adopted it will mean New Plymouth would become the first district council in New Zealand to successfully establish a Māori ward.

The Māori Party salutes the youth working group and also Mayor Andrew Judd, deputy Mayor Dodunski and Councillors Brown, McFarlane and Tamati in voting in favour of the Māori wards.

"It's awesome news alright, because it shows us that enlightened communities such as those in Taranaki, realize the importance of listening to the leaders of tomorrow as we prepare for our future. I was in Waitara last night at the 'meet the candidates' hui - and I can tell you, the arguments for strong Māori representation were getting a pretty rigourous airing on that side of town as well.”

The Māori Party has consistently argued for stronger mechanisms to achieve Māori representation as the absolute minimum in terms of meeting Treaty obligations.

"In June 2010, our co-leader Te Ururoa Flavell presented the Local Electoral (Māori Representation) Amendment bill which would require all territorial authorities and regional councils to establish Māori wards and constituencies to provide for Māori representation.”

"Parliament wasn't ready for our bill then, but quite clearly local government is prepared to be more visionary.”

“Tāngata whenua have a right to strong political representation and participation and even if mainstream parties continue to try to close it down, we will always be proud to speak up for strong and independent Māori voices being part of every decision-making table - whether it be Cabinet, School Board of Trustees, or the New Plymouth District Council,” says Mr McKenzie.


© Scoop Media

Parliament Headlines | Politics Headlines | Regional Headlines

Now-Former Cyclone: States of Emergency Declared

A state of emergency has been declared in Buller, Greymouth and Christchurch, with fears some homes are at a high risk of flooding over the next day.

High tides overnight were likely to bring large waves to Kaikōura and Christchurch about 9pm, and to Taranaki, Kāpiti and Nelson about 2am.

The latest severe weather update has upgraded watches for heavy rain in Christchurch, Banks Peninsula and North Otago to full warnings...More>>


Kauri Protection: Waitākere Forest Closure Proposed

At the 20 February meeting of the Environment and Community Committee, the council proposed to close the forested areas of the Waitākere Ranges Regional Park, with some exceptions, by 1 May 2018. More>>


'Hit And Run' Raid: NZDF Had Reports Of Civilian Casualties

The NZDF received intelligence updates within one or two days of the August 2010 SAS raid in Afghanistan that reported civilian casualties, including the death of a child, new OIA documents reveal... it appears they did not bother to investigate nor made any effort to help the victims. More>>


Christchurch Public Meeting: Complete U-Turn By Labour And NZ First On TPP

The TPP might have been re-branded as the CPTPP but it's still the same bad deal says Professor Jane Kelsey, New Zealand's expert on international economic regulation. More>>


Commerce, Etc: Thicker Bright Line For Real Estate

Revenue Minister Stuart Nash has confirmed the bright-line test on residential property sales will be extended from two years to five years in legislation currently making its way through Parliament.More>>


Prison Inspections: Reports on Manawatu and Paremoremo Released

The Office of the Inspectorate today released reports into Manawatu Prison and Auckland Prison (Paremoremo), the first two resulting from a programme of inspections of New Zealand prisons. More>>

Whistle Blowers: Government To Review Law On Protection

Work has begun on a review of the Protected Disclosures Act 2000, Minister of State Services Chris Hipkins said today. More>>





Featured InfoPages