Would a bit of lolly break the brown boycott?

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.

3 Responses to Would a bit of lolly break the brown boycott?

  1. Bernie says:

    Standing for general seats means you represent the masses in general, basically whoevers butt you’ve had to kiss to get there. Standing for Maori seats means you represent the interests of tangata whenua – specifically. Big difference from the ‘race’ card all smallminded, ill-informed commentators keep trying to use on this one. For sure, if you pay peanuts you’ll get monkeys man, and lolly-scrambles are so random – no guarantees on quality there. And then when it goes wrong you’ll come back and say ‘oh see, them Maoris, they’re ALL a bunch of…’ whatever. This is not what tangata whenua seeks or wants, this is someone else’s design. I come from Auckland Alf, but I know where the hell Eketahuna is! Do you even have a clue what the name of your town means?

    • Alf Grumble says:

      I though everyone knows what Eketahuna means. Eke means to embark upon or run aground; tahuna is a gravel bank, boulders or stone. Does that help?

      As to representation, indeed being an MP in a general seat means you must represent the masses, or try to reach decisions in the interests of ALL people, be they black, white, or whatever. Representing the interests only of tangata whenua means you don’t have to give a toss about anyone who isn’t Maori. Don’t you get the whiff of something racist in that arrangement?

  2. kg says:

    Giving extortion a semi-respectable face. And cowardly politicians simply encourage it.

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