Key rejects Māori seats

  • Tāmaki Makaurau

E ai ki te heamana o te Poari Independent Maori Statutory i te urunga mai o ngā mema hou ki ngā tari kaunihera a rohe o Tāmaki ka ngana tonu ratou te whai tūru Maori ki te kaunihera.    

E hiahia ana a David Taipari kia whai reo te Maori ki runga i te Kaunihera.

“I've heard it before and the Board is supportive of it because when we did the Maori plan the people told me that they wanted representation.”

E ai ki te koromatua hou o Tāmaki Makaurau ki a Phil Goff, ko te whakatū tūru Maori ehara māna.

“I can't implement them that's the statutory role of central government and the gentleman over there, Mr Key said he's not interested in that area. He's ruled it out categorically actually, I don't think we will get much change in opinion there.”

Engari i raro i te ture, nāna te kaunihera i whakatu i te tau rua mano tekau, e kore e tāea te panoni i ngā tikanga mō nga tau e ono. Hei te wāhanga whai muri i te kowhiringa ka taea te wherawhera i te kaupapa.

Hei tā Taipari, “I think they have difficulty because the law says there’s only 20 councillors. The potential is that two councillors would have to drop, if there were two Māori wards, two existing councillors would have to drop.”

Hei tā Goff, “I would of course prefer that we have elected representatives of Māoridom on council rather than appointed.”

Hei te Whiringa a Nuku ka tutaki te Poari Independent Maori Statutory ki a Phil Goff. 

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