Last year the council voted to establish two Maori seats in time for the 2013 local body election.
Ms Goudie said the concept of Maori seats also went against elected representatives’ fiduciary duty to represent everyone in their community “not just one sector of society”.
Council chairman Peter Buckley said almost a quarter of Waikato’s population was Maori but there had never been elected Maori representation on council.
That figure by itself means little. What would be essential to know, is how often have there been Maori candidates standing who failed to get elected.
I note Auckland Council has three Maori Councillors, with no special race based seats in place.
Green MP Denise Roche said the regional council had got it right, adding councils were required under the Local Government Act to encourage Maori participation.
“I think what Sandra Goudie is proposing is a big step backward in terms of race relations in New Zealand particularly when the Government is actively looking at Maori representation in local government.
“You can develop much better relationship and decision-making if you’ve got Maori represented at the decision-making table. What we’re hearing from Sandra Goudie is basically a request to enshrine institutional racism into regional local government.”
So Green logic is that not having race based seats is racist!!!
I think Roche should win the 1984 award for doublespeech.