Māori vying for a seat on the Waitākere Local Board

  • Tāmaki Makaurau

Tokowhā ngā Māori kei te kimi tūranga ki runga i te Poari ā-rohe o Waitākere, tokotoru he wāhine, ā kotahi te tāne. Kāre ano kia pēnei te rahi o ngā kai-tono Māori i roto i ngā kōwhiringa pōti ā-rohe i mua ki Tāmaki.

E whakapaetia ana e enei wāhine o te uru o Tāmaki, na te mukuatanga o te Kunihera o Waitākere e te Tāone Mananui o Tāmaki, ka ngaro te Taumata Rūnanga hei reo mo te iwi Māori o te takiwa.

These women claim that since the Super City took over the Waitākere City Council, local Māori, including the Taumata Rūnanga, have lost their voice.

Hei tā te kaitono a Tiaria Fletcher nō Te Arawa, “Council engaged really well and really effectively with Māori because of that Taumata Rūnanga, since the Super City was established, that Taumata Rūnanga was subsequently dis-established.”

E ai ki a Paula Bold-Wilson (Te Arawa) tetahi atu kaitono i te turanga, “Our local board area has the second highest Māori population, and so we want to make sure that, like Tiaria was saying that our local board actually reflects our community.”

Ko ēnei wāhine kua roa e mahitahi ana i waenga i te hapori o Waitākere, he whānau no te marae o Hoani Waititi, he māmā, he kuia, me te mea nei e whai pukenga ana ratou ki te pakanga mo to ratou hapori te take.

“Our children grew up here, as did our grandchildren. We're hoping to carry on the legacy left by our elders of the Taumata Rūnanga, and to provide a voice for our next generation,” hei tā te kaitono tuatoru a Georgina Papa nō Ngāti Porou, Ngāti Whatua hoki.

Ahakoa no tēra tau rāno i timata ai te hikoi a te tokotoru nei,  me te manako anō hoki kia whakatenatena i a Ngāi Māori ki te pooti.

Ko te tūtakitaki ki te iwi, te aruaru tautoko, me te rapu pooti ngā mahi nui i tenei wā mo te tokotoru nei me tō ratou hoa whai pooti a Will Flavell, ahu atu ki te timata o ngā pooti ā takiwa ma runga rorohiko, ka timata hei te marama o Mahuru.