Whakatāne District Council wants to meet with Local Government Minister Nanaia Mahuta to discuss flaws in the local electoral legislation. This comes after veteran Māori journalist Hinerangi Goodman was declared the winner of last month’s Galatea-Murupara Ward election and sworn into council, only to later be declared unsuccessful after a recount.
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Taking legal action was one of the options discussed, however, a local school principal Pem Bird says we are quick to blame the Pākehā system, but Māori that didn't vote also need to take responsibility.
Minister for Local Government Nanaia Mahuta says, a recount after a member is officially elected onto council is “concerning”.
This comes after Councillor Alison Silcock was controversially reinstated as the councilor for the Murupara-Galatea ward, after a recount had her one vote ahead of former broadcaster Hinerangi Goodman.
A veteran Māori Journalist was reduced to tears after her controversial victory to a local body position has been challenged by the person she beat.
Japanese fans are hopeful their Sakura rugby team will get the same results as the All Blacks did last night. Tokyo Stadium is completely sold out, the streets are flooded with symbols of the red sun and Jamie Joseph's photo is on the cover of the newspapers. Expectations from the Māori coaches are high.
After the votes were tied in the Galatea-Murupara Ward for a place on the Whakatāne District Council, both Hinerangi Goodman and Alison Silcock’s names were put in a box, with a name drawn to determine who would become a councilor. So who was it? Te Ao was the only media present at the drawing of the names, and we interviewed Dale Ofsoske the Electoral Officer who drew the name of the winner out of a box. He tells us who will join council.
The Galatea-Murupara ward of the Whakatane District Council election race is still ongoing and in doubt despite the release of the official election results.
Two candidates have drawn an equal amount of votes both Hinerangi Goodman and Alison Silcock received 262 votes each in the final and official election results count.
Auckland is looking at another below average performance at Local body Elections this year. The major city will be lucky to reach 30%. With only two days left for ballot votes, the statistics aren't even close to that of the Central government elections.
Candidates with Māori names will typically end up at the bottom of local body election results, a Māori political strategist says.
Local bodies do not reflect the cultural diversity of the communities they represent, several local body leaders and candidates have told Te Ao with Moana.
Māori need to "relearn" the value of their vote, says Māori mayoral candidate John Tamihere.