Rotorua Pro-Democracy says they acknowledge Te Arawa as mana whenua but the current proposal to give Te Arawa Standing Committee the right to vote for non-elected members to sit on important boards within the Rotorua Council is not right.
However, the Chair of the Te Arawa Standing Committee, Arapeta Tahana says what they are trying to achieve relates back to the Treaty of Waitangi and hopes Rotorua Pro-Democracy can sit down with his group.
Mr Tahana says, “They should approach us so we can sit as one and understand what they really don't like about the proposal. The reason behind this, is so all people who live here in the Rotorua region are joined as one.”
Submissions on the Te Arawa Partnership proposal closes on the 17th of this month.