It seems Manukau has a little legal problem

Manukau City Council is seeking legal advice over the process it has controversially approved (by just the casting vote) for putting forward people for it rascist Treaty of Waitangi Standing Committee.
Candidates, those nominating them and voters at the hui must be Maori living in Manukau and on the Maori parliamentary electoral roll.
Councillor Dick Quax rightly asserts that such a method effectively dis-enfranchises 13500 Maori living in Manukau who have chosen to be on the general roll. One such person would be Councillor Ross of Howick, himself Maori but on the general roll.

Mr Quax says the method could contravene human rights legislation because it is illegal to discriminate against people based on their political beliefs.

He says it might also breach the Local Government Act 2002, which says local authorities must consult with Maori – but that doesn't mean only those on the Maori roll.

Mr Quax raised the questions during debate at the council meeting.

Mayor Sir Barry Curtis says the council will seek an opinion from its solicitors.[/quote]

Bizarrely the councils own officers ahve stated in a report "the issue is more about finding the right people to advise council on the committee and less about ensuring fair representation for a group of people."

Less about fair representation huh!!! I knew it is is actually all about tokenism and the sad thing is that Mayor Curtis constantly supports this kind of bollocks and carry on.


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