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Manawatū District Council Must Not Defer Māori Wards To 2024


A
successful hikoi in Manawatū has challenged the decision by
the Manawatū District Council to defer introducing Māori
Wards to 2024.

“Today I walked with iwi, hapū and
whānau from across the Manawatū to protest against
Manawatū District Council deferring of Māori wards to
2024”, says Green Party MP and Te Mātāwaka member Teanau
Tuiono.

“Kicking the can down the road and expecting
Māori to wait once again is not acceptable and councils
should not be allowed to tokenise their relationships with
local iwi. Our whānau have been once again pushed out of
the door and made to wait until 2024.

“The failure
of the Manawatū District Council to grasp the amazing
opportunity to begin to honour Te Tiriti o Waitangi and to
improve the governance capability of the council is very
disappointing.”

“Today representatives from all 12
Manawatū marae shared their collective frustration towards
the council as they continue to overlook their
responsibility when honouring Tino Rangatiratanga and
kaitiakitanga within their region.

“I campaigned in
Palmerston North and the wider Manawatū to establish Māori
wards in 2018, our campaign was an aspirational campaign
encouraging kotahitanga and diversity as a positive counter
to the politics of division.

“We have been clear on
our position for Māori wards and I will continue to tautoko
local iwi, hapū and whānau to ensure their voices are
heard and not used when the council needs them to bless,
karakia or sing a
waiata.”

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