Wairoa set to vote on Maori Ward position in Council

Aroha Treacher
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I whakaaetia e te kaunihera a rohe o Wairoa kia whakaurua te pātai ki te pōtitanga mō te kawatanga a rohe, mēnā ka whakaritea e rātou he takiwā Māori. Mehemea  ka mana taua whakaaro, he tuatahitangi tērā mo te rohe.

Hei tēnei tau ka whiu atu te pātai ki te iwi kainga nō Wairoa mēnā rānei kei te hiahia rātou kia whakatū he takiwā Māori hōu.

E ai ki a Kiwa Hammond no te Māori Standing Committee ki Wairoa, ‘I haeremai te kaunihera o Te Wairoa ki a mātou o te komiti māori me te pātai he aha ōu koutou whakaaro kia whakaurua tētahi pātai ki roto i ngā pepa mō te pōtitanga e kainamau nei, e pā ana ki tēnei mea ngā takiwā māori.”

Hei tā te Koromatua o Wairoa a Craig Little, “That's why we put it out to the community that's the best way of a democracy, let them decide for us rather than 6 or 7 people around a table thinking they know what the community wants.”

E rua ngā pātai ka whakauru ki te kōwhiringa kawantanga a rohe, mehemea ka whakaae, ka whakakāhore rānei te hapori.

“The problem if you have Māori wards in a place like Wairoa as soon as they come on the council to represent the whole community, they don't really represent what they're on there for, if you know what I mean, the Māori standing committee in Wairoa are doing some great things,” hei tā Little.

“They're only an advisory group that so that the job that they can do isn't it, I think we need to have someone in there with a bit more teeth,” hei tā Alice Wairau.

E ono tekau ōrau o ngā tāngata e waru mano e noho ana ki Wairoa he Māori, koinei te takiwā e noho ana i te tūnga tuatoru o te motu mo te taupori māori.

“At the moment I think the Māori are sitting in the European seats and so obeying the European laws. To me if you have a separate Māori council they can implement Māori customs,” hei tā Rill Meihana nō Ngāti Kahungunu.