Discussing :: Should the Auckland Super City include automatic rights to Seats for Maori?

  Local Government Minister Hon Rodney Hide said that the Government's decisions on the governance of Auckland would provide effective representation for all Aucklanders. Speaking at the release of the Government's high-level decisions on Auckland governance, Mr Hide highlighted the decision to establish 20 to 30 Community Boards across the region, each of which would be named after its local community. "The Boards will provide the ability for residents and ratepayers to influence decision making, while the Council will fulfil the functions that are most appropriately managed on a regional basis". The contrary point of view. "As one of the CEs... read full article

#1

Should the Auckland Super City include automatic rights to Seats for Maori?

The Maori radicals seem raaked up about this, but do you get any sense that the wider Maori population really care, or does the rest of the Auckland voters care much either?

If Rodney and john move from their current position and make some concession on this point, will that then bring the Chinese and Koreans out into the streets demanding to have a few Seats as well? Why shouldnt they? Its there money as well as everyone elses that is going to be rated in and then spent on our city!

#2

Should the Auckland Super City include automatic rights to Seats for Maori?

"one man one vote", it's time to put the foot down and move together as one country - yes there was a time that the country and our policies needed to skewed to help balance things up, but now we're starting over correct.

#3

Should the Auckland Super City include automatic rights to Seats for Maori?

At the end of the day, aren't we all NZers? I think it is good that we have some people in there from other ethnic backgrounds but do they need to be reserved specifically for them to the detriment of someone else who is perfect for the seat but not of that ethnicity?

#4

Should the Auckland Super City include automatic rights to Seats for Maori?

I am a Maori Male, i think all this talk of seperate seats for Maori on the council is appaling. Maori at the end of the day are New Zealanders just like everyone else so those on the council REPRESENT us all as Kiwis. It is time we as a people (all New Zealanders) Maori, Pakeha, Pacific Islanders, Asians or what ever need to pull together as one nation, if we dont we will struggle to go forward in this world.
Wells that what i think anyways.

#5

Should the Auckland Super City include automatic rights to Seats for Maori?

Well spoken Tony, and I suspect that you represent a growing number of people around NZ!

No question, there has been good money to be made by using the Treaty gravy train, but only the Few have gained from it. Most Kiwis stand to gain a great deal more if the country is not divided by such issues, and we focus on building the Nation, not bickering over past "injustices", and how the spoils of today are carved up yet again.

#6

Should the Auckland Super City include automatic rights to Seats for Maori?

Wit the growing ethnic diversity in Auckland and the rest of the country giving Exclusive seats to the Maori is seen as segregation, There is an ever growing asian and island population in auckland, should we give them all seats as well.

Time to Be Kiwi's not Maori and European

#7

Should the Auckland Super City include automatic rights to Seats for Maori?

You are totally right Sam! Its nonesense to suggest that one tiny portion of the population gets some special Rights. The whole Treaty interpretation thing has gone way too far. Its such a small document, it is simply amazing how much people have chosen to read into it, and bloody stupid as well.

#8

Should the Auckland Super City include automatic rights to Seats for Maori?

So this story rolls on. The proposed speed that the Government is indicating is at least a step forward. Having these things take years to get settled does add a huge extra cost, and possibly the original motivation gets lost in the muddied water that results.

One can only hope and pray that the expected cost savings do eventuate!

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