Top Scoops

Book Reviews | Gordon Campbell | Scoop News | Wellington Scoop | Community Scoop | Search

 

Council Backtracks On Endeavour Models, Agrees To Consultation

“Talk to us — that’s the whole point,” said a protester at this morning’s extraordinary meeting of Gisborne district councillors as they voted unanimously to revoke their earlier decision to install models of James Cook’s Endeavour in Gisborne city without community consultation.

Tina Ngata’s comment followed operations committee chairman Larry Foster’s closing remarks over what the appropriate imagery for the district might be, suggesting the possibility of a Maori and Pakeha embracing with a hongi and earning a rebuke from Ms Ngata.

In revoking their decision, all 13 councillors and Mayor Rehette Stoltz agreed to instead “seek widespread community feedback and to consult specifically with Tairawhiti iwi about the future location for the Endeavour replicas”.

But councillor Meredith Akuhata-Brown called on her colleagues to go a step further.

“The right thing to do is to stop saying we will consult with tangata whenua – we will partner, we will be on the same page, we will work together, we will understand, because we’re just peeling the scab off a sore that’s deep, a wound.”

Her comments were widely applauded by members of the public who watched the meeting unfold after gathering outside the council building from 7.30am to protest the earlier decision with placards, one reading “no more racist monuments”.

Councillor Andy Cranston did not receive the same warm reception, having supported the earlier decision to not consult over the location for the models.

Only councillors Akuhata-Brown, Josh Wharehinga and Tony Robinson voted against the May 28 decision to not carry out public consultation.

Cr Cranston today acknowledged the emotion in the meeting room and said: “It’s absolutely clear to all councillors and myself included that we should consult with iwi, and I think we do it really well.”

The Endeavour models had been contentious “for many, many years” and the council had “gone a little off track” by choosing not to consult, he said.

Mayor Rehette Stoltz, who submitted a notice of motion to revoke the earlier decision, along with Cr Akuhata-Brown, said community members were calling on the council to consult.

“This is what we should do as a council,” Mayor Stoltz said of today’s decision.

Councillor Debbie Gregory said she wanted to apologise for her earlier vote against consultation.

To many Maori the models symbolised colonialism and it would be wrong to put them up in downtown Gisborne when they could affect “a huge part of our community in a negative way”, Cr Gregory said.

“Everyone should be able to come to town, go to the supermarket and do their business without that burden.”

Councillor Robinson wanted the consultation process “to encompass and allow for a conversation which says the location for those Endeavours is not this community”.

His colleague, Bill Burdett, said he agreed with the sentiment that the council needed to work together with iwi.

But he added: “We represent the whole community and when you pander to one section you piss the other side off, big time.”

© Scoop Media

 
 
 
Top Scoops Headlines

 

Gordon Campbell: On The Media Collusion With National’s Attack Lines

For most of the past week, any consumer of this country’s management of Covid-19 would think New Zealand was actually Brazil, or Texas. The media language has been full of claims of “botches” at the border, and laxness and inexcusable errors ... More>>

Gregor Thompson: Don’t Be Too Pessimistic About New Zealand’s Future.

With the first hurdle hopped our Government will be turning its attention to trying to soften the economic damage this pandemic has on our little archipelago. More>>

Eric Zuesse: U.S. Empire: Biden And Kerry Gave Orders To Ukraine’s President

Eric Zuesse, originally posted at Strategic Culture On May 19th, an implicit international political warning was issued, but it wasn’t issued between countries; it was issued between allied versus opposed factions within each of two countries: U.S. and Ukraine. ... More>>

Binoy Kampmark: Budget Cockups In The Time Of Coronavirus: Reporting Errors And Australia’s JobKeeper Scheme

Hell has, in its raging fires, ringside seats for those who like their spreadsheets. The seating, already peopled by those from human resources, white collar criminals and accountants, becomes toastier for those who make errors with those spreadsheets. ... More>>

Binoy Kampmark: Altars Of Hypocrisy: George Floyd, Protest And Black Face

Be wary what you protest about. The modern moral constabulary are out, and they are assisted by their Silicon Valley friends in the Social Media club. Should you dare take a stand on anything, especially in a dramatic way, you will be found out ... More>>

Binoy Kampmark: Welcome Deaths: Coronavirus And The Open Plan Office

For anybody familiar with that gruesome manifestation of the modern work place, namely the open plan office, the advent of coronavirus might be something of a relief. The prospects for infection in such spaces is simply too great. You are at risk from ... More>>


Binoy Kampmark: Why Thinking Makes It So: Donald Trump’s Obamagate Fixation

The “gate” suffix has been wearing thin since the break-in scandal that gave it its birth. Since Watergate, virtually anything dubious and suggestive, and much more besides, is suffixed. Which brings us to the issue of President Donald Trump’s ... More>>



Binoy Kampmark: Brutal Choices: Anders Tegnell And Sweden’s Herd Immunity Goal

If the title of epidemiological czar were to be created, its first occupant would have to be Sweden’s Anders Tegnell. He has held sway in the face of sceptics and concern that his “herd immunity” approach to COVID-19 is a dangerous, and breathtakingly ... More>>