Oh dear, what a shame – but (on second thoughts) who exactly gives a toss?
That’s Alf’s response to the mana whenua groups reported to be considering boycotting Auckland supercity’s proposed Maori statutory board.
As Alf understands it –
The board will have up to nine members, seven of them mandated representatives of recognised mana whenua groups within the Auckland Council boundaries and two taura here representatives appointed by those seven members.
It will be able to appoint persons to sit on Auckland Council committees that deal with the management and stewardship of natural and physical resources.
So what’s wrong with that?
Actually, Alf can see plenty wrong with it. This concept amounts to a special deal, facilitating the appointment of somebody to make decisions without having to be voted into office.
But that’s not good enough for Ngarimu Blair, from Ngati Whatua o Orakei, who told Waatea News…
it’s no substitute for having Maori seats on the full council, as the Royal Commission on Auckland Governance recommended.
Ah, that’s it. He likes the idea of Maori being elected, but isn’t so chuffed about requiring them to stand for election against non-Maori candidates.
So let’s put aside some seats, specially reserved to create a race divide, in other words.
This Blair bloke says he understands Tainui are considering boycotting the committee, too, and Ngati Whatua could follow suit.
If the boycott idea catches on, we will finish up with no Maori on the statutory board.
Mind you, Alf observes that the mana whenua groups are only considering the boycott. Or posturing.
Dunno how much dosh goes with a place on the board, but the government wouldn’t have to put too many slops in the trough to ensure someone broke ranks and said they would do the job.