By-election isn’t the only issue for Far North voters – but they seem indifferent to a Maori ward idea

March 13, 2015

Dunno what to make of news that less than a third of Far North residents have so far voted on whether to create Maori council wards for the district.

Perhaps it means there is a profound indifference to the idea of indigenous persons being given a privileged position on their council.

Whatever the reason, the council has put the proposition to a binding poll which closes next Tuesday.

As Radio New Zealand has reported

Dedicated Maori seats have become a hot topic for councils, most recently splitting New Plymouth district and being rejected by the public in Nelson.

Yet after two weeks of the Far North District Council referendum, only 30 percent of eligible voters have sent in their ballots.

But it is not altogether clear we should get too excited about this because:

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Go Gareth – there’s much to be said for letting all the people have their say on constitutional reform

January 7, 2015

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Gareth Morgan can be a know-it-all pain in the arse.

But sometimes his willingness to stick his neck out and say what needs to be said is refreshing and to be applauded.

Perhaps these occasions most often arise when his opinions coincide with Alf’s on certain matters.

This is certainly the case today, when Morgan writes in the NZ Herald about constitutional issues raised by the two language versions of the Treaty of Waitangi, the aspirations of indigenous persons, and the role of the Waitangi Tribunal.

For example:

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