When are politicians going to learn voters don’t want separate Maori wards?

Another vote, another predictable result. The only people surprised by this outcome are the wombles who put up the proposal for Maori wards in the first place. Quote:

Palmerston North people have spoken and more than two-thirds who voted were in opposition to creating separate Māori wards.

Results from a binding poll came in on Saturday night, with 14,567 voting against wards for the city council and 6530 voting for.

The percentage was 68.87 against and 30.88 per cent for.

The turnout was at 37.21 per cent of eligible voters, and 49 votes were counted as blank and four “informal” votes received.

There are still 117 special votes to be processed. End quote.

Comprehensive. Only the politicians are surprised. Voters are sick of pandering to Maori. Quote:

Palmerston North City councillor Aleisha Rutherford, who supported the local campaign for Māori wards, said Together: Kia Kotahi Mai was disappointed with the result. 

“We have, however, been heartened by the number of people who have engaged with us through the campaign, to say that they have changed their mind and support representation of Māori on council.”

She said while they did not get the majority they needed, it showed they had had a huge shift in the number of people who support having a Māori voice on the council.

Don Esslemont, who organised the Palmerston North petition, said it was an excellent result.

“It was just about certain there would be a majority against. It would have been astounding if there were not.”

Esslemont said he was confident they would get more than 50 per cent against, but he was delighted with almost 70.

“I think it’s a lesson for the mayor and councillors who voted for it.

This demonstrates very clearly the great majority of Palmerston North [were against it].

The mayor and councillors who supported Māori wards simply do not understand opinions in Palmerston North. 

[They] should be ashamed of their lack of understanding.”

He also said it was a good example of why Parliament should not do away with the law that allows people to petition for a poll. End quote.

Spot on Don. Speaking of Don, Don Brash should be proud of his achievement. He may not have made it to prime minister but he has more influence than any former prime minister.

Let’s hope councils keep pushing for this and keep losing. Then we will see, categorically, that people don’t want Maori wards. You could also argue that they want to see an end to Maori seats in parliament. I am certain that if that was put to the vote the result would be overwhelmingly in favour of getting rid of them.

It makes the travesty of Auckland’s unelected Maori representatives on the Maori Statutory Board even more offensive and there is no way that voters in Auckland can get rid of them.

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