max
°
min
°
Location:
COLOR-Waatea logo 2016-final

On Air Now
Radio Waatea

12:00pm - 01:00pm
Ed Sheeran

Voters urged to ignore Maori ward petition
©Gettyimages

Share to Email
Share to RSS
Share to Print

Whakatane mayor Tony Bonne is urging voters to ignore a petition promoted by the Hobson’s Pledge lobby group seeking to overturn a council decision to create Maori wards for the next election.

Mr Bonne says the nation is maturing, and once Maori wards are in place people will ask why there was a fuss.

“I am confident that once (wards are) introduced our district will move forward so much quicker for the benefit of all.

Whakatane-based list MP Kiritapu Allen is also urging support for the seats, given that 43 percent of the population in the area is Maori.

She says the Hobson’s Pledge group founded by former National party and ACT leader Don Brash is “an old-school, redundant, race-based, divisive driven group that doesn’t add value to a modern, values-driven New Zealand.”

Hobson's Pledge is also promoting petitions against Maori wards in other regions, including Kaikoura, Palmerston North, Manawatu and Western Bay of Plenty.

If petition backers collect signatures from 5 percent of eligible voters, a council must hold a binding referendum on whether the change can go ahead.

 

Copyright © 2018, UMA Broadcasting Ltd: www.waateanews.com

'Te Hononga' Urban Māori Stories
Why is the Politics of Kindness failing our poorest children?
The 2019 child poverty monitor report makes for grim reading...
ODT Cartoon outrage misplaced
We should collectively be righteously appalled at the tone deaf ODT cartoon that made light of the terrible measles epidemic that has killed over 50 children in Samoa. It was an ugly 'joke' that shouted white privilege, but calls to boycott the ODT, sack the cartoonist and the enormous social media wave of fury seem to me to be grotesquely misplaced.
A Collins' Guide to Cultural Colour Blindness
Dr Rawiri Taonui: Utilising ‘white’ as a metaphor for ‘a person or woman of colour’ conveys connotations of white superiority.
0
TMP2
           

Submit

Glossary

 

Subscribe

Enter your email address to receive regular updates from Waatea News.
  • fb

On Air Now
Radio Waatea

12:00pm - 01:00pm