Phil Goff’s Auckland Council votes to bring in Maori wards

Yesterday I wrote about Auckland Council’s plan to reduce democracy for everyone else and to instead create an apartheid seat on Auckland Council for Maori.

They voted to bring in Maori wards.

Auckland Council is to get a dedicated Māori seat – but only if the government agrees to a law change.

Councillors have voted two-to-one in principle to have the seat, but said first the 20-seat cap imposed by the government must go.

They steered away from other options, including holding a referendum on the issue.

Councillors also rejected the idea of dropping an existing seat to create a Māori ward.

Mayor Phil Goff said a referendum would have been divisive and unlikely to approve the seat.

Manukau ward councillor Alf Filpaina, who is part Māori, proposed the compromise and said the outcome was a victory for Māori.

A victory for Maori and an abrogation of democracy for everyone else.

Goff knows the referendum will be lost and from his statement it is clear he really wants a Maori seat. But, now he has the worst option possible, he will be tied to this at the next local body elections which will become a de facto referendum anyway.

Worse still is that he needs the government to change the law, and any government is going to include Winston Peters and we already know he opposes separatism and the Maori seats. Good luck getting a law change.

In the meantime though the councillors who voted for this now get put on a list of people to be rinsed at the next election. Fundraising will be easy. There will certainly be a very brutal and nasty third party campaign run against each and every one of them, including Phil Goff.

This is the sort of thing that makes one term mayors.


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