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Author: Catherine Delahunty   

The meeting – a positive step

There is no requirement under current law for a referendum of the general population represented by general wards to vote on Māori wards. At the moment, it’s a Councillor vote and logically our Council had approached hapū and iwi for their views.  There were a lot of people at the meeting including Pākehā from a range of community groups. The atmosphere was one of respect and warmth and the Mayor made space for all who wished to speak to the proposal. The courtesy and positivity of tangata whenua speakers was inspiring. All Councillors chose to speak and they all spoke with clarity that...

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