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Tamihere wants Māori Statutory Board elections

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Auckland mayoral candidate John Tamihere intends to make candidates for the Independent Māori Statutory Board stand for election.

He also wants to kick the board out of its Auckland waterfront offices.

Mr Tamihere spent two terms as an urban Māori representative on the board, which is chosen by a panel drawn from the super city's 19 mana whenua iwi and hapū.

He says the board is ineffective because the people appointed are not embedded in the community, and some even live outside the city.

"On any representation I'm going to have to say to our people off the Māori roll in Auckland you are going to have to stand and be accountable to our people every three years rather than be appointed behind closed doors in little rooms where dirty deals are done and we should not practice that kind of politics. Everything should be done out in the open," Mr Tamihere says.

Sitting mayor Phil Goff launches his campaign at the Papatoetoe Diversity Centre on Sunday afternoon.

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