Council votes to appoint Maori representative

We’ve blogged previously about the Manukau City Council’s decision to create a Maori standing committee and the undemocratic nature of that decision.

Waitakere City Council has just taken the next step forward by appointing Maori members to their regular standing committees with full voting rights. This takes the cake so far and will see unelected people making decision on behalf of residents and ratepayers in Waitakere City.

At least with the Manukau model the maori committee will only have powers of recommendation which will be scrutinized by the full council meeting each month. But with with Waitakere model, the appointed Maori members will have exactly the same rights as a full elected Councillor.

Both systems adopted by the Councils are completely undemocratic and fly in the face of all principles of fairness and equality. In New Zealand we have two classes of citizenship – one for Maori, and one for everybody else.

And guess which government changed the Local Govt Act to allow this to happen!?


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