Howick Councillor shows Council the way

[Imported from Whale Oil Beef Hooked on Blogger]

Further to my post the other day regarding the strange decision by the Manukau City Council to introduce apartheid-like standing committee’s for Maori only, Stuff has finally woken up and published two articles regarding their decision.

The first article suggests that Councillor Jami-lee Ross’s comments that

“With the recent decision to create a Maori standing committee the council has decided to introduce 21st century apartheid into the city. What they have done … is they’ve chosen to send a message to every non-Maori in the city that they are now second class citizens.”

is somehow a slur dividing the coucil. Well Mr Ross (himself part-Maori) can hardly be slurring anyone or anything when he simply states facts. The coucil did create a Standing Committee for Maori only, the committee does confer addtional rights for Maori in Manukau that other citizens do not enjoy and further this is in direct contravention of Article three of the Treaty of Waitangi.

Deputy mayor Anne Candy says what Mr Ross is saying is “dreadful”.

Reeaaaaallly, “Dreadful” How can wanting equality for all and level playing field for all citizens be “dreadful”?

Councillor Dick Quax also agrees with Mr Ross.

“Twenty-five years ago when I was an international athlete I refused to go to South Africa and to run against South African athletes because of that country’s policies of racial separatism. It now appears that the separatists have taken over the Manukau City Council.”

The second article tells of how the council voted to introduce the controversial Standing Committee. Deputy Mayor Anne Candy is again attributed with a leading role that demonstrates her bizarre grip on reality.

Ms Candy moved that a Treaty of Waitangi standing committee be adopted because it had been called for, combined with a Maori ward, in seven hui held throughout the city in June and July.

Of course seven hui called for this, thats like asking the foxes if they would like the chicken coop doors left open at night…..of course they will say Yes, in fact they will say ” Hell, Yea”.

Manukau City Council is proving to be even as much farcical as it counterpart further north lead by a gutless muesli maker.

Additional links:
Ratepayers need to ask what committee’s going to do? – Howick and Pakuranga Times.
Council stymies Maori ward push – Howick and Pakuranga Times.

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