Low Maori Health Board Vote Is No Surprise
Annette King should not be surprised by the proportionately
low vote for Maori on the District Health Boards says ACT
Deputy Leader Ken Shirley.
policies of affirmative action with legislation requiring
the government appointment of two Maori on each Board were
doomed to fail and will never serve the interests of
"Wherever affirmative action policies have been
passed into legislation they have proven to be counter
productive and most jurisdictions have long since
abandoned these failed policies.
"It is clear that
fewer than expected Maori candidates put their name
forward for election because of the race based appointment
"It is also obvious that voters were not
inclined to vote for Maori candidates because they knew
that two Maori were guaranteed of representation by way
of ministerial appointment.
"ACT New Zealand opposed
race-based affirmative action when the legislation
setting up the DHBs was passed in the knowledge that such
policies would not deliver the intended outcome.
parallel failed outcome can be expected with the dual
electoral roles that are now being legislated for the Bay
of Plenty Regional Council," Ken Shirley said.
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