Maori Seats on Auckland Council

October 11th, 2010 at 11:00 am by David Farrar

The Herald reports:

The council is a balance of experience, youth and gender. It has eight women councillors, five sitting or former council leaders, and two Pacific Island and two Maori councillors – but no representatives from any other ethnic groups.

A pretty diverse Council, and one would think showed there is no need for race based seats.

On TVNZ’s Q & A yesterday, Mr Brown said a referendum on creating on the council “may well” be possible in the next three years.

“I want us to have a full debate across the community, and I want to find out the best way of including the whole community in that,” he said.

“But I want to see Maori representation, particularly mana whenua [local tribal] representation on that council.”

’s policy was to support Maori seats, so this is no surprise.

But I would be very cautious about mana whenua representation, because that implies that rather than have an election amongst electors on the Maori roll, instead the three local iwi would directly appoint a Councillor. So a dozen people in a room get the same voting rights as the entire Rodney District.

The current laws allows for Maori seats in the traditional sense, but a law change would be needed to have mana whenua direct representation as proposed by the Royal Commission and supported by Len. So this is highly unlikely unless people vote for a Labour/Green Government in 2011.

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23 Responses to “Maori Seats on Auckland Council”

  1. John Gibson (295 comments) says:

    Maori seats are racist and need to be eliminated not extended.

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  2. Redbaiter (13,197 comments) says:

    This is separatism and it needs to be closed down in NZ before it rents the country completely asunder.

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  3. Murray (8,847 comments) says:

    Is Len Brown going to appologise to India for not having ethnic Indian seats?

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  4. the bird is the word (67 comments) says:

    Maori seats are completely outdated. 21st century people

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  5. James Stephenson (2,180 comments) says:

    Everything Len says is just a string of cliches and weasel words:

    “may well be possible”
    “full debate”
    “including all”
    “the community”

    Add in those forced, Tim Henman-esque hand gestures and the overriding impression is cringe-inducing.

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  6. Jack5 (5,137 comments) says:

    Is the the NZ Hooer-ald backing bro-partheid representation for Auckland?

    At least the South African newspapers that bowed before apartheid had the excuse they were under a heavy censorship regime.

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  7. Murray (8,847 comments) says:

    You mean like losing your job for saying the wrong thing Jack?

    Phew glad that doesn’t happen here.

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  8. the bird is the word (67 comments) says:

    I don’t get it. Are Maori more important than non-Maori?

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  9. Adolf Fiinkensein (2,903 comments) says:

    Of AAAALLLLLLLLL the problems besetting Auckland City, is this the most important? The one that needed comment on Day 1?

    Shitting dogs, am I ever glad I’m leaving this place shortly. Good luck with your rates and your red ragger council of no brainers.

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  10. Murray (8,847 comments) says:

    YES!!!! Good lord bird have you not been listening to the Maori Party tell you there are privilaged and everyone else is just a guest in their country.

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  11. jaba (2,142 comments) says:

    Lenny uses the word “community” in almost every sentence which starts to grate. No other mayor of councillor so to the same extent.
    I liked the answer on Sunday about extending free use of swimming pools throughout the whole of Auckland and his answer was as evasive as it was with many others.
    I wonder if the debate on a new name will start .. Tamaki Makaru for instance.

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  12. backster (2,174 comments) says:

    I would hope that any Maori seats would be in place of and not in addition to existing seats.

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  13. the bird is the word (67 comments) says:

    So hold on Murray. I was born in NZ. I have lived here all my life. But my Maori workmate is more important than me because his Great Great Grandparent was born here and only my Great Grandparent was? Surely not. Our country can’t be that racist

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  14. Jack5 (5,137 comments) says:

    Re Murray at 11.28:

    You mean like losing your job for saying the wrong thing Jack?

    You’ve got a good point there Murray. But at least the foaming leftist mob haven’t suggested jailing the part-Gypsy broadcaster yet.

    Interesting that genetic and linguistic evidence shows the Gypsies, or Roma, or Romani migrated westward from north-west India in Medieval times, settling in Turkey, Egypt (hence the name Gypsies) and then through eastern, central and western Europe. It is likely they were driven out of India after civil wars.

    So perhaps the PC mob and the ethnic minority ought to forgive Paul Henry, just as the Germans are now highly tolerant towards Israelis.

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  15. Mr Magister (409 comments) says:

    but no representatives from any other ethnic groups

    Not even European? What are these councillors, aliens?

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  16. BeaB (2,123 comments) says:

    The circus that is Auckland now has a clown in charge.

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  17. Banana Llama (1,043 comments) says:

    “Our country can’t be that racist”

    It is Surfin Bird and apparently Paul Henry is the most racist of them all … don’t fret i’m sure Neville Key and the Quisling party will put a stop to it.

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  18. big bruv (13,906 comments) says:

    Banana

    That is not totally correct.

    NZ is a nation of WHITE racists, we all know this, however, nobody who is brown skinned is ever racist.

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  19. Mark (1,488 comments) says:

    Maori seats in Auckland are unnecessay. COnsultation with Iwi is alrady a requirment under the RMA. Maori have the opportunity to stand for representation along side everyone else. It ought not be an issue.

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  20. kowtow (8,487 comments) says:

    Scrap the treaty and all legislative and judicial references to it.

    Back to democracy and it’s principles of one man ,one vote.

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  21. Paulus (2,628 comments) says:

    Do I detect Obamania (of the Brown variety) in today’s Harold.

    I wish Auckland well as the socialists spend other people’s money — until they really bankrupt the city.

    Selling Bonds to finance what they want requires an above average financial return to lenders, which still has to be paid for at all times — don’t worry the ratepayers will pay.

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  22. DJP6-25 (1,387 comments) says:

    [the bird is the word 11.16] As far as the socialists are concerned they are.

    cheers

    David Prosser

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  23. jaba (2,142 comments) says:

    fuck me .. Brown on Campbell live just now, said community about 6 times in the 1st 15 seconds .. about 8 times in 1st minute STOP IT you moron

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