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New Zealand political system

It was with dismay that I read Trevor Ammundsen’s muddled hypothesis about why one does not have to be Māori to stand in a Māori Ward (May 21). Trevor mightn’t have enough familiarity with New Zealand history to realise that this rule has always been standard. Even at a national level, one does not have to be Māori in order to stand for a Māori seat in Parliament – any citizen of any ethnicity can stand as a candidate in Māori electorates. Why? The most basic, universal principle of democracy: an elected representative, is there to represent the interests of the electorate voters – not to represent...

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QUESTION WHETHER THE EARTH HAS MOVED

Some ink has been spread across the written page since the correspondence between us and I had imagined, I would have an answer to my second question in the Letters to the Ed pages in the last two Informer issues  …but no. Considering the earth has moved concerning the article (front page The Informer, ‘Unified and Strong Message from residents and ratepayers” and changes have taken place, could there please be an update in print in 11 June 2024 issue that names the Ratepayers organisations that come under the umbrella of the Alliance which appears to primarily  be covering the eastern seaboard...

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Survey reveals concern over Fast-track Approvals Bill

A new Horizon Research survey (1000 respondents, margin of error +- 3%) has revealed serious concerns among National Party voters about the proposed Fast-Track Approvals Bill and its potential to undermine democracy and enable corruption. The poll shows that 76% of National voters are worried the Bill could permit currently prohibited activities (like mining within Thames Coromandel towns). 61% fear mining on (Coromandel) conservation land, while 53% are concerned it may allow developments previously stopped by the Supreme Court to proceed. A majority of 53% believe there is a risk that commercial...

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The greatest of all time? – The Forwards

Zinzan Brooke. Number 8 – There have been some magnificent Number 8s in Māori rugby with possibly the most skilful being Zinzan Brooke. In making my selection, I felt the need to pick a team captain, a person the whole team would follow. This does of course lead me to pick Buck, now Sir Wayne Shelford (1982 to 1990). Buck had to be the toughest player you ever saw. Tales of having his scrotum repaired in the middle of a test match and so on testify to this. He was an unbeaten All Black captain, not losing a game in 27 tests as leader, so he is my pick as captain for this squad. Blindside Flanker...

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Idea for promoting Whitianga

A recent Business Association meeting conducted an exercise asking people (about 60 in attendance) to find their best words to describe Whitianga – capturing the essence of the current and future Whitianga for all visitors. We thought that this response from a member of the public was worth a special place outside of Letter to the Editor. We thank Lynn for putting out her ideas. Please send in your ideas and words. For any of the towns on the Coromandel Peninsula. Ideas to promote Whitianga and Mercury Bay These sculptures are eye catching in the town of Derby in WA – population 3,500. They...

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POLICE REPORT

GENERAL: Monday, 3 June: A burglary was reported as having occurred at a Racecourse Road address. Alcohol and food were taken. An orange-coloured Holden SV6 was stolen from the Joan Gaskell Drive area. Any information regarding the location of this vehicle is requested to be passed on to police. A trespass incident occurred at a Kupe Drive address. This person will be spoken to by police. Tuesday, 4 June: A burglary was reported occurring at a South Highway address. A tractor was stolen from the location which has since been recovered. This tractor was driven out of town between 9.00pm and...

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