That’s it, it isn’t safe to vote for any Auckland Mayoral candidate

I was going to put up a recommended voter guide for the Auckland Council elections.

But after today I can no longer support any mayoral candidate.

Three leading mayoral candidates have backed the idea of dedicated seats for Māori on the Auckland Council, but one of them, Phil Goff, would leave it to the government to decide.

Mr Goff – along with John Palino and Chloe Swarbrick – said he would support Māori seats but, in today’s Radio Waatea debate, both Mark Thomas and Vic Crone opposed them.

Mr Goff was asked directly whether he would support dedicated Māori seats.

“I’d say ‘yes’, John Key says ‘no’, so it’s not going to happen,” he told a live audience gathered at a marae in Mangere.  

But Mr Goff was challenged by Mr Thomas, who correctly pointed out that the next mayor could trigger a process to bring in the seats.

“Phil has an option. If he’s mayor, he can ask Aucklanders if they want that, that exists under existing legislation,” Mr Thomas said.

“So would you do that, Phil, would you run a ballot?”

Mr Goff disagreed. “No, the decision that’s been made on whether we had elected Māori wards is one by government, you know that, and John Key has said ‘no’ and Rodney Hide said ‘no’.”

While the legislation which created the council in 2010 ruled out any changes for six years, the council is free to review the issue in the next term after October’s election.

After the debate, a spokesperson for Mr Goff said, while he would support seats as mayor, he would not seek to carry out the formal poll of residents that would be needed to make the change. That would be an expense that he did not consider a priority.

Mr Goff’s position would be that should the government wish to pursue dedicated Māori seats on the council, he would work with them.

Like Len Brown, Phil Goff is too gutless to put it to a vote, because he knows he’d lose. Instead, we stick with the unelected and undemocratic taniwha people who continue to hold people to ransom over access and permits.

So, don’t vote for Phil Goff. Don’t vote for Vic Crone and don’t vote for John Palino. They are just kowtowing and accepting race based seats in Auckland. These fools don’t deserve any support.


– Radio NZ

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