Submissions close today on Te Arawa Partnership model

By Mere McLean
  • Waikato/Bay of Plenty

Submissions regarding the Te Arawa Partnership model close today and if given the go ahead the model will make history in New Zealand. 

The proposal was presented to the Rotorua Lakes Council in December last year and asks for the establishment of an independent Te Arawa Board sitting outside of the Council to represent iwi interests. 

The members of this board will be elected by the Te Arawa community and they will then have the right to forward nominations of their members to certain committees within the council.

Karla Kereopa who verbally presented her submission in supporting the model today feels that this is the start of something that can affect the whole of Aotearoa. 

Kereopa says, "It's basically honouring first and foremost the Treaty of Waitangi and it's also honouring the relationship that all local governments should have with Māori."

The Rotorua Lakes Council have received 1,870 written submissions and over 200 people have verbally submitted their opinions regarding the proposal.  The final decision on the Te Arawa Partnership Model from the council is due at the end of this month.